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Claudia Kogachi: There’s No I In Team

Now on
29 May 2021 – 30 Jan 2022
Free

Claudia Kogachi at the opening of There's No I In Team, 2021. Photo by Mark Tantrum

Claudia Kogachi at the opening of There's No I In Team, 2021. Photo by Mark Tantrum

Claudia Kogachi, Surfing (detail), 2021, The Dowse. Photo by Nick Taylor.

Claudia Kogachi, Surfing (detail), 2021, The Dowse. Photo by Nick Taylor.

Claudia Kogachi at the opening of There's No I In Team, 2021. Photo by Mark Tantrum

Claudia Kogachi at the opening of There's No I In Team, 2021. Photo by Mark Tantrum

Claudia Kogachi, There's No I In Team, 2021, The Dowse, 2021. Photo by Mark Tantrum

Claudia Kogachi, There's No I In Team, 2021, The Dowse, 2021. Photo by Mark Tantrum

Friction and fun as mother and daughter compete in a variety of sports, in a series of new portraits by Claudia Kogachi. 

There’s No I In Team by Kogachi will feature a series of new paintings on panel that depict the artist and her mother playing a number of sports – it builds upon a wonderful earlier series in which Kogachi explored the dynamics of family conflict through images of the pair competing in various sporting events set in domestic spaces. Shifting from a sense of conflict to a spirit of friendly competition with her mother, Kogachi's new works use the lens of portraiture to further explore the complex and tender psychological relationship between mothers and daughters, rendered cartoon-like in delightfully awkward angles and inviting bright colours.

There’s No I In Team also turns Kogachi’s art itself into a team sport, inviting visitors to colour in her hand-painted wall mural and to watch the action from ball-shaped furniture.

There’s no I in Team is part of the Face to Face: Portrait Festival, which brings together nine dealer galleries and five public galleries in a unique collaboration to showcase work by some of Aoetearoa’s portrait artists. Taking place between 27-30 May in Wellington, the festival aims to demystify and increase access to contemporary art. Participating galleries are Adam Art Gallery, AVID Gallery, Bartley & Company Art, Bowen Galleries, City Gallery Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum, Hamish McKay Gallery, Jhana Millers Gallery, McLeavey Gallery, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Page Galleries, {Suite}, Solander Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa and Toi Māori Aotearoa.

A Dowse touring exhibition