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Mahābhūta: The Great Element


Sun 15 Nov 2015, 10:00am
Mon 16 Nov 2015, 10:00am
Tue 17 Nov 2015, 10:00am
Wed 18 Nov 2015, 10:00am
Thu 19 Nov 2015, 10:00am

Where: UXBRIDGE Arts & Culture Centre, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Tiffany Singh’s site-specific installations deal with notions of ritual and sacredness. It is all the more appropriate, then, that the swarms of text, ribbons with handwritten mantra and wind chimes are installed in two sacred sites—in what was once a Presbyterian Church at Uxbridge, and the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple.

This social practice exhibition derives its title from a Sanskrit term translating to “the great element.” At its core is The River of Verses, which involves various individuals, local schools and community groups of Owairoa. The work allows for communal conversation via different modes of participation, through offerings of ancestral wisdom in the form of proverbs, dictums, and maxims.

Since completing a BFA(Hons) at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2008, Tiffany has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 18th Biennale of Sydney, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the Auckland Art Gallery, and more. The intercultural weight of her project Fly Me Up To Where You Are, first commissioned by the Auckland Arts Festival was notably recognised with a prestigious award by the Human Rights Commission in 2013.

This exhibition is presented in collaboration with the people of Owairoa and Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple, as part of Artweek Auckland, and through the generosity of Asia New Zealand Foundation. The artist is also grateful to The Kauri Project, Whaea Taini, Ros Craw, Rhonda Haag, Robert George (filmmaker) and Steven Berry (sound artist).

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