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Ko rātou, ko tātou | On Otherness and Us-ness

NorthArt Gallery, Auckland

15 March - 1 April 2020

Curated by Salama Moata McNamara and Sonja van Kerkhoff 


"Paying homage to the Aotearoa | New Zealand Muslim community after the horror of the Christchurch Massacre on March 15, 2019. "Some works are aesthetic responses to the Christchurch mosque massacre, while others are recontexualisations in relation to the Qur'an and the diverse cultures and histories of Islamic worlds. The curation positions work by contemporary artists and craftmakers in multi-layered dialogues with an Islamic space." 

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Ursula Christel

Vitruvian Angel Man with Spirit Level, 2018


Acrylic, gesso, printed plexiglass, metal lugs, pencil, sealant on board (99 x 61cm), plastic spirit level (6 x 61cm)Credits: Courtesy the artist and Mokopopaki, Auckland


Ursula Christel
New Space / Takawaenga, 2020

re-purposed wooden table (dia. 118cm), 4 table legs (H: 46cm), vinyl flooring, 3mm acrylic sheets (83 x 83cm), glass chess board (38 x 38cm), ceramic tile (20 x 20cm), composite board (dia. 65cm), jute, LED lights

New Space / Takawaenga is a conceptual assemblage inspired by geometry and the floor plan of the Dome of the Rock. It refers also to a quote by George Dei (2006) - “Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space for everyone.” Takawaenga is a process.

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