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.

Wen becomes Shi

Wen Yang and Shi Xu

26 Apr 2024 - 2 Jun 2024


Wen becomes Shi

Image: Wen becomes Shi, 2024. Courtesy of Wen Yang and Shi Xu.

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).

‘Oli ‘Ula

Emily Parr

10 May 2024 - 31 May 2024

Gallery Two

ʻie tōga 88 pandanus

Image: Still from Emily Parr, Cosmosphere, 2024, dual-channel video, four-channel audio, 30 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Kronfeld Collection was assembled by Gustav and Louisa Kronfeld, a Jewish merchant and a Samoan matriarch. As European empires expanded throughout Moana Oceania and settler and Indigenous worlds collided, the Collection travelled to ‘Oli ‘Ula, the family’s home in Tāmaki Makaurau. Later, it entered Aotearoa’s public museums. A descendant of the Kronfelds, Parr’s exhibition seeks to ‘house’ taonga and measina from her great-great-grandparents’ Collection through moving-image practice. The artworks enliven the whakapapa and vā relations of these treasures, bringing them out from the basement and ‘into the light.’

Emily Parr (Ngāi Te Rangi, Moana, Pākehā) is an artist/researcher whose moving-image practice explores relational ecologies of Te Moananui-a-Kiwa. She is part of the Vā Moana cluster at AUT, a research associate with Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, and a 2024 Springboard Award recipient.