Vivo como artista en Dunedin, Nueva Zelanda. Mi trabajo atiende a la potencia del arte para retar al status-quo y presentar vías alternativas. Mi practica utiliza herramientas y metodologías del diseño para investigar cuestiones relativas a la identidad, la comprensión del espacio y sus implicaciones políticas. En ocasiones, mi práctica parte de observaciones sencillas hacia mi entorno, a partir de las cuales comienzo proyectos abiertos con múltiples resultados.
I am an artist living in Dunedin, New Zealand. My work is concerned with the potential for art to challenge the status-quo and present alternative paths. My practice uses the tools and methodologies of design to investigate issues of identity, understanding of place, and the political implications of both. Often beginning with a simple observation from the world around me, I create open-ended research projects with multiple outcomes.
My project The Freedom of the Migrant focused on a 2016 New Zealand
Herald report in which then Prime Minister John Key publicly
speculated that the perception of increased terrorism in Europe
during the refugee crisis would make New Zealand more attractive as a distant bolt-hole for high net-worth consumers. Through a solo exhibition and publication, this project addresses the impact of dominant political narratives constructed around terrorism and refugees, and the influence such narratives have on our collective perceptions of border control, freedom of movement, and national identity.
The Ground Swallows You began with the observation of a cargo ship
arriving into Otago Harbour, NZ, carrying phosphate rock, which I
traced to a mine in occupied Western Sahara. The project discusses
the trade of disputed minerals from this region to global north
economies. As part of my research for this project I travelled to
the Saharawi Refugee Camps in Algeria, where I presented work,
interviewed activists and experienced life in the Camps.
The Silver Bulletin was a publication I edited, designed and
published in response to living through the 2011 Christchurch
earthquakes. The project reflected on ideas of democracy and
symbolism during Christchurch’s rebuild, exploring the use of
design, power and cultural capital to sell a new city back to
Christchurch residents. This project was re-presented as an
installation in 2016, revisiting the political and cultural energy
immediately following the earthquakes.
The physics room: Sandyfor. Publicación.
As time goes by. Instalación.
This time of useful consciousness. Instalación,