Make a splash at Pataka

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Want to take a dip into the world of art? Porirua peo­ple are be­ing of­fered a chance to par­tic­i­pate in an in­ter­ac­tive art ex­hi­bi­tion start­ing at Pataka next month.

Artist Tif­fany Singh is ask­ing peo­ple to con­trib­ute sam­ples of wa­ter from a place that is spe­cial or has mean­ing to them.

In look­ing at the sa­cred na­ture of wa­ter, her art in­stal­la­tion Sun­dar­i­jal (Beau­ti­ful wa­ter in Nepalese) fea­tures of­fer­ing bowls of wa­ter. They will need to be changed fre­quently dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion’s three-month run. ‘‘Wa­ter is a gift. ‘‘As we ad­dress our in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness with the land we form our re­la­tion­ships with dif­fer­ent bod­ies of wa­ter and the bonds be­tween us,’’ Singh said.

‘‘This is about love in ac­tion. I view the col­lab­o­ra­tion of col­lect­ing and shar­ing wa­ter as a very prac­ti­cal means to restor­ing the health of our col­lec­tive wa­ters and our com­mu­nity spirit through the ve­hi­cle of art.

‘‘Wa­ter is pre­cious and I hope through my art in­stal­la­tion that peo­ple will pause to think for a mo­ment about the value of wa­ter and how we need to pro­tect it.’’

Singh de­vel­oped her work while an artist-in-res­i­dent in Nepal with support from the Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion.

Works by 17 artists who par­tic­i­pated in the Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion res­i­dency pro­gramme will fea­ture at Pataka as part of Imag­ine Asia – New Zealand Artists Re­spond to Con­tem­po­rary Asia, which runs from Fe­bru­ary 22 un­til May 17.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is part of the Asia New Zealand Foun­da­tion’s 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions.

Singh’s lat­est work ex­plores the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the well­be­ing of the land and its peo­ple and con­sid­ers is­sues around the geopol­i­tics of wa­ter and the im­pact ac­cess to clean wa­ter has on our qual­ity of life.

To par­tic­i­pate in the project, bring one or two litres of wa­ter in a sealed con­tainer, la­belled with its source, to Pataka and leave at re­cep­tion from Fe­bru­ary 16.

Photo: ALEX EFIMOFF

Wa­ter as a gift: Tif­fany Singh, who has a spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion of wa­ter.

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