Chang En-Man // Chu Chun-Teng // Nathan Pohio // Natalie Robertson // Shannon Te Ao // Teng Chao-Ming
curated by Jamie Hanton, Charlotte Huddleston and Bruce E. Phillips
A collaboration between Canterbury University, St Paul St and Te Tuhi
Histories - known and unknown, written and unwritten - form the basis of These stories began before we arrived an exhibition of artwork by New Zealand and Taiwanese artists. This poetic and contemplative exhibition acknowledges the past migration of people across the Pacific, from Taiwan to Aotearoa New Zealand, by sharing stories of belonging and loss. The artworks explore themes of collective identity, land use, international trade, ancestral knowledge and societal order. Together, these works build connections between distinct histories and propose potential futures.
These stories began before we arrived is a collaboration between the University of Canterbury, ST Paul St and Te Tuhi; and is supported by the New Zealand Commerce and Industry Office, Taipei; St Paul St, AUT University, Auckland; Te Tuhi Contemporary Art Trust, Auckland; University of Canterbury; Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Massey University, Wellington; Creative New Zealand; Asia New Zealand Foundation. These stories began before we arrived was previously exhibited as part of the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition and as a 2015 Artweek Auckland event.