THE WATER PROJECT 
12 April–22 June 2018

ARTISTS

Peter Trevelyan
Jenna Packer
Phil Dadson
Dani Terrizzi
Ross Hemera
Jacqui Colley
Euan Macleod
Brett Graham
Elizabeth Thomson
Bing Dawe
Greg O’Brien
Kate Woods
Bruce Foster

 

CURATOR

Shirin Khosraviani

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Thanks to the generous support of Creative New Zealand.

Standing barefoot in a river, listening to the breathing of the land, we find ourselves connected to the life force running through the veins of our planet. What flows in these rivers, flows through us; an ancient source of life undeniably in need of a voice.

In March 2017, thirteen New Zealand artists were invited to explore the Canterbury region and create works of art which honoured, questioned and brought to light our intricate and – at times ­– troubled relationship with water. The selected artists represent diverse and vibrant cultural and artistic backgrounds and bring together work across mediums such as video installation, painting, printmaking and sculpture.

Beginning in Christchurch, the artists were initiated with a seminar day consisting of presentations by a varied group of iwi representatives, environmentalists, philosophers and scientists on water and its association with history, ecology and language.

The four day research trip which followed gave the artists the opportunity to encounter multiple sites and narratives and to map the experiences of local residents, iwi, and mana whenua through their connection to fresh water.

These shared experiences instilled a familial bond between the artists and set in motion the development of new works of art inspired by the conceptual, imaginative and physical qualities of water.

The Water Project brings together many voices, experiences and narratives relating to the freshwater systems of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Traversing multiple disciplines, the works reflect growing concerns for our aquatic world and together form a conversation free of any preconceived political or corporate standpoints. It is a generous offering born from a collective experience which summons us to consider the rivers and waters we all come from, and how we might go forward with care and wisdom.

He Whero te Awa   The kokowai is red  The tīpuna are red  Red is maukoroa  The river is red  April 2018, ROSS HEMERA

He Whero te Awa

The kokowai is red

The tīpuna are red

Red is maukoroa

The river is red

April 2018, ROSS HEMERA

Me kī, he waiata aroha tēnei mō ngā tangi o te whenua


Let us say that this is a song of love for the sounds of the land

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare,  2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare, 2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare,  2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare, 2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare  (detail), 2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare (detail), 2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare  (detail), 2018, ROSS HEMERA

Ko Kārewa te Whakarare (detail), 2018, ROSS HEMERA

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Water testing stations of the cross-country river system,  2017 GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

Water testing stations of the cross-country river system, 2017
GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

Swingbridge,  2017, EUAN MACLEOD

Swingbridge, 2017, EUAN MACLEOD

Repurposing of Mid-Canterbury irrigation systems as ancestral swing-bridge, 2017,  GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

Repurposing of Mid-Canterbury irrigation systems as ancestral swing-bridge, 2017, GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

Plus and minus, video installation, 7min 15sec, 2018, BRETT GRAHAM
excerpt 1min

Plus and minus  (detail) ,  2018, BRETT GRAHAM

Plus and minus (detail), 2018, BRETT GRAHAM

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Phenomenon #1,  2018, JACQUI COLLEY

Phenomenon #1, 2018, JACQUI COLLEY

 
 
Phenomenon #2,  2018, JACQUI COLLEY

Phenomenon #2, 2018, JACQUI COLLEY

 
 
Twitch , 2018, JACQUI COLLEY

Twitch, 2018, JACQUI COLLEY

 
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Waiau River (Richmond, Severini) , 2018, KATE WOODS

Waiau River (Richmond, Severini), 2018, KATE WOODS

Hdyrogeology , 2018, KATE WOODS

Hdyrogeology, 2018, KATE WOODS

Clarence River (Richmond, Severini),  2018, KATE WOODS

Clarence River (Richmond, Severini), 2018, KATE WOODS

Wamakariri (Attwood, Oppenheim),  2018, KATE WOODS

Wamakariri (Attwood, Oppenheim), 2018, KATE WOODS

The Crystal Land , 2018, KATE WOODS

The Crystal Land, 2018, KATE WOODS

flow,  2018, PETER TREVELYAN

flow, 2018, PETER TREVELYAN

flow  (detail), 2018, PETER TREVELYAN

flow (detail), 2018, PETER TREVELYAN

flow  (detail), 2018, PETER TREVELYAN

flow (detail), 2018, PETER TREVELYAN

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Concentrate and ask again, video installation, 2018, DANI TERRIZZI
excerpt 1min

Concentrate and ask again  (detail) ,  video installation, 2018, DANI TERRIZZI

Concentrate and ask again (detail), video installation, 2018, DANI TERRIZZI

Concentrate and ask again  (detail) ,  2018, DANI TERRIZZI

Concentrate and ask again (detail), 2018, DANI TERRIZZI

Concentrate and ask again  (detail) ,  2018, DANI TERRIZZI

Concentrate and ask again (detail), 2018, DANI TERRIZZI

Let that River Carry your folly away and wash you clean , 2018, JENNA PACKER

Let that River
Carry your folly away and wash you clean
, 2018, JENNA PACKER

Between Memory and Oblivion, XX,  2018, ELIZABETH THOMSON

Between Memory and Oblivion, XX, 2018, ELIZABETH THOMSON

Between Memory and Oblivion, XI,    Between Memory and Oblivion, XVII,  ELIZABETH THOMSON

Between Memory and Oblivion, XI,
Between Memory and Oblivion, XVII,
ELIZABETH THOMSON

Rain man over Ashburton,  2017, EUAN MACLEOD

Rain man over Ashburton, 2017, EUAN MACLEOD

Rain man over Ashburton,  2017, EUAN MACLEOD

Rain man over Ashburton, 2017, EUAN MACLEOD

Sentients,  2018  Waka, Storm Warning,  2018 ELIZABETH THOMSON

Sentients, 2018
Waka, Storm Warning, 2018
ELIZABETH THOMSON

Sentients,  2018, ELIZABETH THOMSON

Sentients, 2018, ELIZABETH THOMSON

Waka, Storm Warning,  2018, ELIZABETH THOMSON

Waka, Storm Warning, 2018, ELIZABETH THOMSON

cow cow blues, 2018, PHIL DADSON
excerpt 1min

Wai ata Portal , 2018, PHIL DADSON

Wai ata Portal, 2018, PHIL DADSON

Braided Blues , 2018, PHIL DADSON

Braided Blues, 2018, PHIL DADSON

Blood and Bone,  2017/2018, PHIL DADSON

Blood and Bone, 2017/2018, PHIL DADSON

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Pipe dream , 2018, JENNA PACKER

Pipe dream, 2018, JENNA PACKER

Gross National Product,  2018, JENNA PACKER

Gross National Product, 2018, JENNA PACKER

METHOD #1 , 2018, JACQUI COLLEY

METHOD #1, 2018, JACQUI COLLEY

Downstream under Aoraki -Tuna with Barrier,  2018, BING DAWE

Downstream under Aoraki -Tuna with Barrier, 2018, BING DAWE

Downstream under Aoraki -Tuna with Barrier  (detail)  ,  2018, BING DAWE

Downstream under Aoraki -Tuna with Barrier (detail) , 2018, BING DAWE

Downstream under Aoraki -Tuna with Barrier  (detail)  ,  2018, BING DAWE

Downstream under Aoraki -Tuna with Barrier (detail) , 2018, BING DAWE

Water and its foes,  2018, GREGORY O’BRIEN

Water and its foes, 2018, GREGORY O’BRIEN

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Canticle of a mid-Canterbury Stream , 2018  After Petrus Van der Velden,  2017,  GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

Canticle of a mid-Canterbury Stream, 2018
After Petrus Van der Velden, 2017,
GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

 
WAI TAPU , 2017  Tributary,  2017 GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

WAI TAPU, 2017
Tributary, 2017
GREG O’BRIEN AND EUAN MACLEOD

 
Ode to a South Island water molecule,  2018, GREG O’BRIEN   Ode to a water molecule and five Canterbury rivers,  2018, GREG O’BRIEN

Ode to a South Island water molecule, 2018, GREG O’BRIEN
Ode to a water molecule and five Canterbury rivers, 2018, GREG O’BRIEN

murmur, 5 channel video installation, 10min, 2018, BRUCE FOSTER
excerpt 1min

murmur 1,  2018, BRUCE FOSTER

murmur 1, 2018, BRUCE FOSTER

murmur 2, 3,  2018, BRUCE FOSTER

murmur 2, 3, 2018, BRUCE FOSTER

murmur 4, 5,  2018, BRUCE FOSTER

murmur 4, 5, 2018, BRUCE FOSTER