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Angela Tiatia: Neo-colonial Extracts


Wed 2 Nov 2011, 9:00am–5:00pm
Thu 3 Nov 2011, 9:00am–5:00pm
Fri 4 Nov 2011, 9:00am–5:00pm
Sat 5 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sun 6 Nov 2011, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Te Tuhi , 13 Reeves Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: tetuhi2

Auckland-based artist Angela Tiatia considers the effect of foreign investment on a developing country by documenting the failed Sheraton Resort in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The NZ$122 million resort development, with Italian Mafia connections, was stalled in 1998 following the arrest of several key people involved. As guarantors, the Cook Island Government was almost financially crippled by the abandoned development - the balance totalling approximately half of the nation's debt.

Tiatia's project 'Neo-colonial Extracts' brings the current reality of the abandoned resort into slow focus, exhibiting a dual projection that lingers over details of the abandoned complex. The video is paired with actual framed evidence of the debt in the form of ephemera found onsite by the artist. As a solemn memorial to the Cook Island's tourism industry, Tiatia’s 'Neo-Colonial Extracts' also reflects the consequences of globalisation on a developing island nation.

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