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'Narrations of Displacement' at Artstation

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20 October 2005

Narrations of Displacement at Artstation

Narrations of Displacement, a group exhibition at Artstation Gallery from 1 to 18 November, explores the relationships between journeys and the act of storytelling.

The artists explore through painting, sculpture, objects, and photography how displacement occurs in the New Zealand landscape, cultural traditions and visions of the future when experiences of a journey are retold at a later date.

Organiser and curator, Chris Hargreaves, says that the Brer Rabbit story is an example of displacement. This occurs when a foreign story is told in New Zealand's cultural and social context, the same is true of a uniquely New Zealand story told in a foreign cultural or social context.

"The Brer Rabbit stories we have grown up with as children come from an environment where rabbits are considered cute; in New Zealand they are considered a pest and endanger our agriculture on a massive scale," Mr Hargreaves says.

Artists will discuss their work in floor talks from 1pm on Saturday 5 and 12 November.

Narrations of Displacement exhibition information:
Artists: Sarah Cooper, Danielle Vermeer Clayton, Louise Dentice, Elspeth Fougere, Nigel Hood, Chris Hargreaves, Andrew Rankin, P J Rhind, Dave Stewart

Exhibition: 1-18 November 2005
Opening: 5-7pm 1 November 2005
Floor Talks: 1pm, Saturday 5 November and 1pm, Saturday 12 November

Artstation, Auckland City's community visual arts facility, is located at the old police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newton. It is easy to get to by public transport with the Link's 'Artstation' bus stop right outside.

Web address: www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/artstation
Artstation gallery hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm
Sat 10am to 4pm

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