Artist talk: Olivia Webb, Anthems of Belonging

Olivia Webb, Anthems of Belonging, 2019.

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In her new exhibition Anthems of Belonging, artist and musician Olivia Webb has worked with five families, from Kiribati, Zambia, Samoa, the Philippines and the Netherlands, to create anthems that reflect their feelings about place and belonging.

Together, these songs form a collective expression of our community, and the constantly changing nature of Aotearoa – with the families’ filmed performances projected life-sized onto The Dowse gallery walls.

Join us on opening weekend with Olivia Webb in conversation with Melanie Oliver, The Dowse Art Museum Senior Curator, about this new musical exhibition.

Olivia is an artist, musician and vocalist of Dutch-Pākehā descent, based in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland). Her art practice uses performance, participation, video, sound and music to give voice to silent experiences and traditions that pulse through our daily lives.

Olivia’s work explores how we listen, with exhibitions creating opportunities for audiences to develop new listening skills through workshops and group activities. Anthems of Belonging forms part of her practice-led PhD in Art at AUT University.