Make a splash at Pataka
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.
Water as a gift: Tiffany Singh, who has a special appreciation of water.