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Take Care / E Tiaki


23 March - 11 April 2021

artHAUS, 288 Ōrākei Road, Auckland


Opening event: 6.30pm

23rd March 

Open Wednesdays – Sundays

11am – 4pm

The project culminates in a 3-week exhibition at artHAUS, including site-specific works in the surrounding shopping mall and an additional free Public Programme.


Take Care / E Tiaki will merge accessible and stimulating high-end art with local and international community-building. The exhibition will be multicultural and multi-layered as the artists explore fresh avenues to communicate and collaborate, and ultimately present these works in a public space. It will bring global dialogues that will offer fresh perspectives on connection and creativity in the Covid-era, along with the conceptual and edgy.


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Take Care / E Tiaki - a 3-month project guided and curated by Sonja van Kerkhoff.


For many artists around the world, global disruptions due to Covid-19, caused a drastic drop in opportunities for careers and output. Regular working lifestyles overseas became severely restricted due to repeated episodes of lockdowns. New Zealand’s success in becoming an almost Covid-free zone, means our artists had the rare privilege of being able to continue to work freely, in and around NZ.

Beginning in January 2021, 14 selected NZ artists were partnered with contemporary overseas artists from countries more stricken by COVID-19; to become stewards (kaitiaki) of their partner’s artwork. In consultation with their overseas artist, the role of the NZ artist is to create a space - place (turangawaewae) for their partner’s work.


The caretaking roles were fluid, with some artists caring for works for more than one overseas-based artist, and with ancillary projects that involved multiple artists. The aim was to transverse the global interruptions caused by the virus, via virtual, digital, conceptual and relational means. All participating artists were open to the 'sharing and caring' concept, where roles and relationships explore stewardship as an artform.

More on the project, here

On Eventfinda

On Instagram


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The Wealth of the Nation, 2021 - by Ursula Christel (Warkworth, NZ) and Masud Olufani (Atlanta, USA) - a collaborative project under the direction of Masud Olufani. The new 2021 work has been redesigned and remade by Christel in NZ, but is directly related to Olufani's 2019 work of the same name.

Related text, here

The Wealth of the Nation (video) - March 2021

Video by Ursula Christel, creatively capturing the collaboration process of this 3-month project


Postcards from the Other Side, 2021

by Ursula Christel. A collaborative project with image contributions by:

Nawruz Paguidopon, Manila, The Philippines

Shaeron Caton Rose, North Yorkshire, U.K

Emma Papadopoulos, Athens, Greece

Aodhán Floyd, Co. Cork, Ireland

Xiaojie Zheng, San Francisco, USA

Related text, here.

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