Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book

Shubigi Rao

20 Apr 2024 - 1 Jun 2024

Gallery One

Pulp III

Installation view: Pulp III: A Short Biography of the Banished Book, 2022. Singapore Pavilion, 59th International Art Exhibition 2022. Photo: Alessandro Brasile

Te Wai Ngutu Kākā Gallery is pleased to partner with Te Tuhi to stage the first large-scale presentation of celebrated Singaporean artist Shubigi Rao in Aotearoa.

Originally commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore, for the Singapore Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Pulp III explores the precarity of endangered languages, the futures of public and alternative libraries, the work of defenders of books, and the cosmopolitanism of regional print communities that have blossomed and waned in historic centres of print, such as Venice and Singapore.

This exhibition features Shubigi Rao's feature-length film, Talking Leaves, and her 400-page book, Pulp III: An Intimate Inventory of the Banished Book, Volume III of V. Echoing its first presentation in Venice, the installation has been conceived as a commanding paper maze which partitions the gallery into a suite of abstracted studiolos(studies). In this way, we physically enter a room-scaled publication, through which Rao both stresses the physicality of print and annotates our journey into her in-depth research.

Folding of the Time

Gregory Bennett, Steve Reay, Vor-stellen

20 Apr 2024 - 2 May 2024

Gallery Two

Folding of the Time

Image: Still from Folding of the Time, 2024. Courtesy of Gregory Bennett.

Featuring a cast of past and present Flying Nun musicians — Brendan Moran, Stephen Reay and Jared Johanson — Vor-stellen is a new experimental band that launched their debut album Parallelograms on September 8, 2023. This focused exhibition unveils a new music video created by artist Gregory Bennett for the single Folding of the Time. Join us for a special event from 5–7pm on Friday 26 April, to celebrate the exhibition and the launch.

Wen becomes Shi

Wen Yang and Shi Xu

26 Apr 2024 - 2 Jun 2024


Spurred by the recent exhibition Ken Friedman: 92 Events, Wen becomes Shi playfully continues Friedman's score-based methodology in this new dual-channel video work. Drawing from digital processing, Wen Yang and Shi Xu work with AI engines to 'merge' their bodies and identities: Wen Yang becomes 'she' (Shi Xu).