RESEARCH ROOM | 27 JAN – 1 FEB, 1–12 JUN
UNSW | 6–19 APR
DRILL HALL | 20 APR – 1 MAY
TANGI (tears) explores the transformative qualities of light, water, incantations and embodiment to enunciate the rare and precious nature of culturally significant objects, suspended in foreign collections and museums. TANGI is guided by indigenous creativity, merging Pacific, Asian and Western dance practices with women’s ceremonial lore and contemporary indigenous politics. TANGI brings together an ensemble of artists to celebrate our past, present and future: and to re-inscribe mythologies for our times.
Collaborators are Boris Bagattini (video, installation & light), James Brown (sound composition), Fausto Brusamolino (light & installation), Aroha Yates-Smith & Paul Tapsell (Te Arawa Tohunga) and Richard Green (Darug language man) as well as a first ever collaboration between Victoria and Kristina Chan (dancer). The aim is to explore the unattainable in creative work, the unchallenged and culturally sacred.
Victoria Hunt is an Australian-born artist. Her tribal affiliations are to Te Arawa, Rongowhaakata, Kahungunu Maori, English and Irish. Victoria’s core movement practice is Bodyweather, and this is combined with research into her Pacific cultural heritage.
Victoria Hunt, 2011. Photo: Heidrun Löhr