Te Aho Mano was a site specific show, using existing works as well as addressing the space of the College of Creative Arts at Massey University. It’s an art school with a lot of hunger for feminist thinking and discussion. I wanted to offer drawings and sculpture I made in India, looking at the craft actions and feminisms I encountered and learned there. I also ran discussions and workshops inside that altered, softened, expressive space. I took in many books from my bookshelf, and created an open research space in the entrance. In one of our intersectional feminisms discussion sessions, we used these to read to one another, and shared our own writing.
I also collaborated with Anahera Gildea, who made a written and spoken five part poem in response, that played in the space. You can hear that here:
Our band also made a sound piece in the space. One night we played in there, with the strong desire to make big, loud sound in that space that is often so quiet. It’s a gallery, like many, which is white, with lots of concrete and hard spaces. When I was installing, I felt like if I could only make it feel softer, that would be an achievement. I also wanted to provide encouragement to those studying. To be as big as you are, as loud, as difficult and complicated. It’s our audio guide, Band Sensations calls to you: