New exhibitions at Te Tuhi

Photographer Parbhu Makan’s work Chandu’s Wellington, Parhbu mama’s place 70s. Photo supplied

Two new exhibitions will be up and running at Te Tuhi’s main galleries this month.

From June 12, Elsewhere and nowhere else and The house is full will be open to the public until September 4.

Elsewhere and nowhere else, curated by Vera Mey, features artwork by Kah Bee Chow, Li-Ming Hu and Yuk King Tan, three artists who are inherently connected to Aotearoa but live elsewhere.

With practices spread across Sweden, New York City and Hong Kong, the three artists seek to “trouble the notions that separate the local from the international, reminding us how multifarious our connections to the world are,” Te Tuhi says.

The exhibition also marks a significant development in the presentation of international art in New Zealand since the borders were closed in 2020, with Kah Bee Chow and Li-Ming Hu having travelled from overseas to Auckland to participate in talks and events.

The house is full, curated by Dilohana Lekamge, is a group exhibition showcasing artwork by four artists “who stood on fringes of anti-establishment art movements in New Zealand from the 1970s onwards”.

The exhibition features work by established artists Emily Karaka and John Miller and up-and-comers Parbhu Makan (photographer) and Teuane Tibbo (painter).

The house is full highlights the contributions these four have had to the “cultural transformations that were taking place during this decade, as artists whose ancestral homes were not Britain,” Te Tuhi says.

Concrete probabilities, a sculptural work by Deanna Dowling, will also be sitting in Te Tuhi’s foyer. The sculpture explores the relationship between concrete and sea level rise.

Outside of Te Tuhi on the billboards, text-based work Neither Solid nor Liquid, by Hana Pera Aoake and Priscilla Rose Howe, considers the relationship between our bodies and the natural world.

On the Digital billboard, Kirstin Carlin’s work Standing in the Sun sees her expand beyond the small oil paintings she is famous for.