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Caravan from Istanbul


Fri 10 Feb 2012, 5:00pm–6:00pm

Where: Hawera Water Tower, 105-111 Albion St, Hawera, South Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: Sonja Van Kerkhoff

New Zealand-Dutch artist Sonja van Kerkhoff will give a herd of origami elephants an airing along High Street between the Water tower and the library.

The performance, “Caravan to Istanbul,” was performed in Istanbul while she was there as one the artists in the New Zealand exhibition, “Te Kore Rongo Hungaora” (Uncontainable second nature), at the international new media festival, ISEA Istanbul.

As she was driving to Istanbul, via a number of other art-related projects, she was thinking of a way to represent a kind of globalism not dominated by money or economic policies. Caravans, in days of old, were dominated by the practicalities of getting from place to place, by politics and by cultural conditions. Van Kerkhoff believes this is still the case, only that so often what we read as ‘international news’ in our newspapers emphasises the doings of the global elite. Each elephant in her international herd originates from a particular location in one of over 20 countries she has travelled through with this herd.

And so while in Hawera, where she was born, she will take the elephants from the landmark of the water tower to a place of learning in Hawera, the public library.

Previous New Zealand locations have been Dunedin, Murchison, Nelson and Christchurch.

See article in ODT, Dunedin:

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