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From the Ground Up: Community, Cultivation and Commensality

Now on
24 Oct 2020 – 07 Mar 2021
Free

 

From the Ground Up 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

From the Ground Up 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Hōhua Thomspon, Te Kete Rokiroki 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Hōhua Thomspon, Te Kete Rokiroki 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Ceramics from The Dowse Collection 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Ceramics from The Dowse Collection 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Xin Cheng and Adam Ben-Dror, Making Like a Forest 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Xin Cheng and Adam Ben-Dror, Making Like a Forest 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

BC Collective, Following the herd 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

BC Collective, Following the herd 2020 (install view) at The Dowse 2020. Photo by Ted Whitaker.

Xin Cheng and Adam Ben-Dror, From the Ground Up (Research Image), 2020

Xin Cheng and Adam Ben-Dror, From the Ground Up (Research Image), 2020

From the Ground Up: Community, Cultivation and Commensality brings together seven different approaches and perspectives to food cultivation and its consumption. 

Including new works by BC Collective (Cora-Allan Wickliffe and Daniel Twiss), Xin Cheng and Adam Ben-Dror, Aroha Gossage, Hōhua Thompson, Zoe Thompson-Moore, Rita Angus and ceramics from The Dowse Collection, From the Ground Up: Community, Cultivation and Commensality looks to the interdependent nature of food and people and specifically the conditions and ecologies of growing, making and sharing food.

As an essential part of our daily lives food is embedded in human culture and reflects critical aspects of personal and collective histories, tales of migration, guardianship and exploitation of land. The artists and artworks included in this exhibition investigate these personal, ecological and historical narratives of cultivation in Aotearoa, and commensality—the act of eating together—thinking through the politics of what it means to grow and eat together, of food as a conduit between people.