Join us for an informal discussion that will bring together a number of practicing artists to explore the idea of labour within contemporary art. The panel will discuss John Vea’s current exhibition, "you kids should only experience this for a moment - don't be here for life like me", as an entry into conversations and collective responses to art making in Aotearoa.
Ioana Gordon-Smith (chair)
Ioana Gordon-Smith is curator at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. Though her areas of interest span a broad range of disciplines, consistent throughout is a curatorial process that prioritises a close working relationship with artists. Ioana also contributes regularly to magazines and journals, and is a trustee for the community-focused art collective Whau The People.
Artist John Vea works predominately with sculpture, moving image and performance exploring the results of Pacific migration and gentrification of New Zealand. He researches migrant labour through talanoa: an experience of sharing ideas, stories and conversation that is always face-to-face. His current exhibition at Te Tuhi focuses on the people and conditions within Auckland’s factories.
Salome Tanuvasa is a Samoan-Tongan artist based in Auckland. She completed her Masters in Fine Arts at Elam in 2014, followed by a Diploma in Secondary Teaching. Salome was the Artspace/Tautai Education Intern in 2016 and now is the Education Manager at Te Tuhi. Her art practice looks at the ideas of home and the multiple connections of a place that can inform the characteristics of a person.
Matavai Taulangau completed his bachelor of Visual Arts with Honours at AUT University in 2016. Interested in the idea of labour, Taulangau takes notice, observes and through his lens based practice, values occupations which some may seem as not important. As he explores the value of work intrinsically connected is the value of people and their experiences.