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Can Tame Anything

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04 Aug – 25 Nov 2018
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Sriwhana Spong, 'This Creature', (2016). HD video. 14’55 min Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett Gallery.

Sriwhana Spong, 'This Creature', (2016). HD video. 14’55 min Courtesy of the artist and Michael Lett Gallery.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Alicia Frankovich, Microchimerism, 2018. Installation View. Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite. Photographer John Lake.

Alicia Frankovich, Microchimerism, 2018. Installation View. Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite. Photographer John Lake.

Alicia Frankovich, Microchimerism, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite. Photographer John Lake.

Alicia Frankovich, Microchimerism, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artist and Starkwhite. Photographer John Lake.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sriwhana Spong, Sandra Kassenaar, Moist and Restless, 2018. Installation View. Courtesy of the artists and Michael Lett gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sriwhana Spong, Sandra Kassenaar, Moist and Restless, 2018. Installation View. Courtesy of the artists and Michael Lett gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sriwhana Spong, Sandra Kassenaar, Moist and Restless, 2018. Installation View. Courtesy of the artists and Michael Lett gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sriwhana Spong, Sandra Kassenaar, Moist and Restless, 2018. Installation View. Courtesy of the artists and Michael Lett gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sriwhana Spong, Sandra Kassenaar, Moist and Restless, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artists and Michael Lett gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Sriwhana Spong, Sandra Kassenaar, Moist and Restless, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artists and Michael Lett gallery. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Ruth Buchanan, Break, break, break. Broke , 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Hopkinson Mossman. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Ruth Buchanan, Break, break, break. Broke , 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Hopkinson Mossman. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Detail. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Mata Aho Collective, Tauira, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artists. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Ruth Buchanan, Epoch, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Hopkinson Mossman. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Ruth Buchanan, Epoch, 2018. Installation view. Courtesy of the artist and Hopkinson Mossman. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Can Tame Anything. INSTALLATION VIEW. PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN LAKE.

Ruth Buchanan, Alicia Frankovich, Mata Aho Collective, Sriwhana Spong

Can Tame Anything extends and complements the exhibition Embodied Knowledge, proposing that critical theory and installation practices of the 1980s are foundational for contemporary art today. Relationships between the body and language are central to the work of Ruth Buchanan, Alicia Frankovich, Mata Aho Collective and Sriwhana Spong, artists who also engage the histories of women practitioners. The title, Can Tame Anything, was contributed by Buchanan, alongside several other works that emphasise physical and conceptual aspects of the gallery, exploring the relations of objects, bodies and buildings. Posthuman thinking underpins the work of Frankovich, who presents bodily experiences brought together with non-human forms. Mata Aho Collective champion maramatanga, a journey into the world of light, understanding and knowledge, for their new large-scale installation Tauira. Lastly, Spong focuses on the sensory engagement of language. These works express knowledge that is tacit, situated and experiential, stressing the influence of 1980s practices on contemporary art and the ongoing relevance of embodied knowledge for our understanding of the world.

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Embodied Knowledge
07 Jul – 28 Oct 2018

Embodied Knowledge is a new exhibition presenting significant sculptural works made by artists during a tumultuous period of Aotearoa New Zealand’s art history. The artists challenged and dissected many aspects of the dominant culture they worked within, from the way language shapes our understanding of the world to environmental concerns.