New Work // Union JACKnSLAVE (2011)

Union JACKnSLAVE (2011)
Graphite on paper
350x350mm (framed)

The plastic bag is an analogy for the idea of a treaty.

The function of the plastic bag is not new; but the material was introduced. It is functional, but has limitations. It is flexible but easily manipulated and used to cause harm.

The plastic bag presents a significant environmental hazard and takes 1000 years on average to break down. Alternatives are becoming increasingly popular.

The term ‘jack’ in urban slang can be used to mean ‘to steal or take from an unsuspecting person’. I have long been interested in ideas of nationhood and power. The Union Jack marks the colonial empire – a system built on power, domination and privilege.

This work has been made for an upcoming exhibition to commemorate Waitangi Day called TREATY ISSUES curated by Gabrielle Belz for Nathan Homestead, Manurewa, South Auckland (28 January – 19 February)


January is all about the HAND MADE at Fresh Gallery Otara! We have Sean Kerrigan’s 2010 sculpture “I AM…” on display and an exclusive Season of Coco Solid featuring the launch of her new zine-book, PHILOSOFLYGIRL and an extra special zine-making workshop with Coco Solid + Riki Anderson!

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More details about the PHILOSOFLYGIRL Launch here

PHILOSOFLYGIRL will be on sale at Fresh Gallery Otara at the launch for only NZD10!

Registration is essential for the workshop – see flier for details.

January is also the opening of Mana Takatāpui: Taera Tāne, a group show curated by Reuben Friend for City Gallery Wellington. It feature Fresh Gallery Otara famz, Tanu Gago and Dan Taulapapa McMullin… can’t wait! Tanu’s work was shot on location in Papatoetoe, South Auckland and was awesome to witness.

More photos from the making of Jerry The Fa’afafine (2010) here

Fresh Gallery Otara is also excited about being at Toi o Manukau’s Waitangi Day Festival for the first time this year. This is New Zealand’s largest commemorative event for Waitangi Day – very excited! The musical line-up is so great, and it’s free!

Our Auckland Arts Festival exhibition, Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds is a solo exhibition by Otara-based video installation artist, Leilani Kake. This is going to break some amazing new ground for Fresh Gallery Otara – so excited!

Ngā Hau E Whā – The Four Winds
New work by Leilani Kake
4 March – 16 April 2011
Fresh Gallery Otara

In April, we host a short solo exhibition by the excellent Hone Ngata aka DJ Poroufessor and a DJ Skills 101 workshop and then May is Fresh Gallery Otara’s 5 Anniversary! The Manukau Pacific Arts Summit surrounds the Gallery’s anniversary and is made up of 5 weeks of EXCELLENT multi-disciplinary events in and around Otara, Mangere and Manukau. June is the start of Matariki and then it’s a new year! WOOHOO!!