Puppets get a rare outing at Pataka
Martha van Drunen is intrigued to see the public reaction to ShadowPlay, Pataka’s newest exhibition.
Van Drunen, Pataka’s exhibitions officer, said the gallery had not hosted anything like ShadowPlay before.
The exhibition, which opened on February 5, features an extensive set of shadow puppets curated by 10th generation puppeteer Joko Susilo.
It is one of many new exhibitions this month, with the popular Made in Porirua, Your Friend the Enemy, and Sam Foley’s Moving Image Paintings: Past to Present all coming to an end.
Van Drunen said the exciting thing was that some of the puppets had been in storage for about 40 years.
She said this was their first time on display.
‘‘People will love to see the shadows they make when the display is set up.
‘‘It’s definitely something that people should come and see.’’
Van Drunen said the show would be great for children as well and that there were plans to run puppet-making workshops over the course of the exhibition.
Joko Susilo is originally from Indonesia, but has lived in Dunedin for 26 years. He teaches at Otago University.
As the man behind the puppets, Susilo said he was looking forward to telling a story to a new audience through his puppet shows.
‘‘I want to show people a different culture. I want them to see the colour, experience the drama, and hear the music, because there’s so much complexity to theatre,’’ Susilo said.
ShadowPlay runs until March 13.
Another exhibition starting this month is Bob Jahnke’s light installation, ATA: a third reflection. It explores Maori creation stories and runs from February 13 till May 15.
George Nuku’s Bottled Ocean 2116, Kelcy Taratoa’s The Panoptic Tower, Cross-border: Video works by contemporary female artists from the MiddleEast, Jade Townsend’s Shopping and other rituals, and Peata Larkin’s AUAU_I REPEAT will also be set up at Pataka this month.
Joko Susilo holds up the puppet Bajul Sengara, which is part of the ShadowPlay exhibition at Pataka.