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A decade of cre­ativ­ity

- Arts · Grey Lynn · Contemporary Art Gallery · Maze · Auckland City · Auckland City FC

Fol­low­ing this year’s Artweek, Deb­o­rah White, out­go­ing direc­tor, and direc­tor of Grey Lynn Whites­pace Con­tem­po­rary Art Gallery, will be step­ping down. Af­ter mus­ing upon the decade that was, White spoke to Dione Joseph about some of the works that have con­tin­ued to cap­ture her imag­i­na­tion. As she re­it­er­ated, it’s hard for a par­ent to choose their favourites so this is “most def­i­nitely not that list”.

Chang­ing Lanes, Chris Berthelsen and Xin Cheng ( 2016)

“This duo trans­formed Lower Vul­can Lane to cre­ate a wel­com­ing ter­rain for re­lax­ing, mak­ing, eat­ing and be­ing to­gether. It was a very gen­tle in­stal­la­tion that turned out to be provoca­tive and cre­ated lots of dis­cus­sion about home­less­ness; the role of art and its power.”

Stuck in a Maze, Mar­garet Lewis in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Awhina Mai Ta­tou Ka­toa ( 2017) “The work devel­oped at Auck­land City Li­brary, cen­tred around the key ques­tion, ‘ How do peo­ple end up sleep­ing rough?’ The in­ter­ac­tive maze took peo­ple on a jour­ney from be­ing housed to home­less and along the way shed light on what it is to be home­less in Auck­land. It of­fered a glimpse into a world of no- choice choices, where things just hap­pen.”

Bone Like This, Hanna Shim ( 2019)

“This was a deeply mov­ing ex­hi­bi­tion at Whites­pace look­ing at the fragility of life and cer­tainty of death.”

The SaV­age K’lub’s in­au­gu­ral High Tea ( 2015)

“Led by Rosanna Ray­mond, this pop- up event at St Kevins Ar­cade proved as al­ways to be a provoca­tive and visu­ally spec­tac­u­lar per­for­mance of­fer­ing dis­cus­sions on in­flu­enc­ing art and cul­ture through the in­ter­fac­ing of time.” Asy­lum, Peter Roche ( 2016)

“The late Peter Roche’s multi- sen­sory art in­stal­la­tion in­volved spec­tac­u­lar sound and visual ef­fects to cre­ate an ab­sorb­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­trial silo site.”

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