PAST EXHIBITIONS

Metabolism

Eugenia Lim

18 May – 8 Jun
Eugenia Lim, film stills from Metabolism, 2K single-channel video, colour, sound, 29:15. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.

Eugenia Lim, film stills from Metabolism, 2K single-channel video, colour, sound, 29:15. Courtesy of the artist and STATION.

2024

A portrait of a living, working ecology and the multi-species it sustains, Metabolism is a film essay that considers the body-as-land and land-as-body.

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Gaza: the Soul of Souls

24 Apr – 27 Apr
Image courtesy of Meleseini Luhama Tau'alupe.

Image courtesy of Meleseini Luhama Tau'alupe.

2024

Gaza: the Soul of Souls, an exhibition by Justice for Palestine, is focused on Gaza, the people, our martyrs and a place where on it are, as Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish says, those who deserve to live.

 

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Hiraeth

Holly Walker, Sylvan Spring

23 Mar – 20 Apr
Sylvan Spring and Holly Walker, Hiraeth, 2024. Image courtesy of Cheska Brown.

Sylvan Spring and Holly Walker, Hiraeth, 2024. Image courtesy of Cheska Brown.

2024

Hiraeth is a Welsh word describing a spiritual longing for a place that we have never been. It is the lost ancient places we imagine our ancestors would stomp their feet into their lands and the grief we struggle to locate in our bodies—a dislocated homesickness for a motherland we have never belonged to. The offerings of this exhibition illustrate the artists’ intimate and awkward rituals of becoming truly Pākehā—tangata Tiriti on their haerenga towards becoming familiar with the layers of their cultural identities and realities on this whenua and in relation to its people.

 

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The Centre Does Not Hold

Inas Halabi

23 Mar – 20 Apr
Hopscotch (The Centre of the Sun's Radiance), sound installation, exhibited at After the Last Sky, de Appel, Amsterdam, 2023. Image credit: Özgür Atlagan. Courtesy of the artist.

Hopscotch (The Centre of the Sun's Radiance), sound installation, exhibited at After the Last Sky, de Appel, Amsterdam, 2023. Image credit: Özgür Atlagan. Courtesy of the artist.

2024

The Centre Does Not Hold is an exhibition in three parts by the Palestinian artist Inas Halabi. Across a sound installation and two moving image works that address different regions mired in colonial power structures, Halabi considers the landscape as a living archive from which to excavate the (in)visible sediments of trauma and slow violence. In its invitation to look closely and listen deeply, The Centre Does Not Hold surveys the malleability of sound and image, and in doing so, unearths histories hiding in plain sight.

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Proposal for a Body

Georgina Brett, Jo Bragg

17 Feb – 16 Mar
Jo Bragg and Georgina Brett, Proposal for a Body, opening performance, 2024. Image courtesy of Cheska Brown.

Jo Bragg and Georgina Brett, Proposal for a Body, opening performance, 2024. Image courtesy of Cheska Brown.

2024

Proposal for a Body posits that sound and text-matter are mediums that can be regarded as inherently queer in their expansive and corporally liminal states. Jo Bragg and Georgina Brett present immaterial or bodiless practices focused on experimental process and experience rather than resolved closed-outcomes.

 

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God the Mechanical Mother

Kat Lang

17 Feb – 16 Mar
Tobias Allen and Kat Lang applying tallow to Kat Lang, God the Mechanical Mother, 2024. Image courtesy of DJCS.

Tobias Allen and Kat Lang applying tallow to Kat Lang, God the Mechanical Mother, 2024. Image courtesy of DJCS.

2024

God the Mechanical Mother is an exhibition of extraction and post-metaphysical effluvia. Kat Lang experiments with primordial and time-bound materiality, and offers a deconstructed ontotheological study into the implications of meaning and uncertainty.

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Whītiki, Mātike, Whakatika!

Te Waka Hourua

4 Feb – 5 Feb
Image courtesy of DJCS.

Image courtesy of DJCS.

2024

Enjoy is privileged to host a two day exhibition and programme of events by Te Waka Hourua, on Sunday 4 and Monday 5 February 2024. This exhibition is an opportunity for people to engage and learn more about Te Tiriti o Waitangi prior to Waitangi Day, 6 February. 

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All This Work Is Necessary

Ashleigh Taupaki

24 Nov 2023 – 3 Feb 2024
Ashleigh Taupaki, Map Layers 1 - 200, 2022-23, pen on tracing paper, rocks from Hauraki waterways. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

Ashleigh Taupaki, Map Layers 1 - 200, 2022-23, pen on tracing paper, rocks from Hauraki waterways. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

2023

Haere mai, nau mai
Haere mai, kuhu mai ki ngā hūhā o Ruawehea.

Welcome welcome
Welcome through the whakapapa of Ruawehea.

All This Work Is Necessary is an extension of Ashleigh Taupaki’s doctoral research investigating her Ngāti Hako connections to the Hauraki wetlands. The artist’s whakapapa is an essential part of her practice. Taupaki’s tūpuna are said to be the earliest settlers of Hauraki. Though Ngāti Hako records, such as pūrākau and waiata, have sadly been decimated over time due to inter-iwi wars and colonial settlement, she has spent years pouring over surviving records written by those who sought to oppress Māori through imperial power structures. The resulting artworks are a testament to Taupaki’s determination to convey the systemic decline of the Hauraki wetlands.

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A Map So Big It Blocks the Sun

Quentin Lind

24 Nov 2023 – 3 Feb 2024
Quentin Lind, A Map So Big It Blocks the Sun, 2023. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

Quentin Lind, A Map So Big It Blocks the Sun, 2023. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

2023

A Map So Big It Blocks the Sun is a new film by Quentin Lind, taking Jorge Luis Borges' short story On Exactitude in Science as a starting point. Borges’ 1946 story was partly influenced by a novel by Lewis Carroll Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893), in which a character notes that they made a map on a mile to mile scale, but they have not yet used it, as farmers objected due to concerns it would cover the entire country and block out the sunlight. Instead, they “now use the country itself, as its own map, and I assure you it does nearly as well.” Those in Borges’ story similarly pursued ‘perfection’ in the form of a 1:1 scale map. Their descendants “were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears” and saw no need for it. Readers of both stories are required to have a wry sense of humour in the face of impending horror.

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To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life

Barbara Hammer, Charlotte Prodger, David Moser, Dayle Palfreyman, Laila Majid, Laura Langer, Louis Blue Newby, Sholto Buck, Tobias Allen

16 Sep – 11 Nov 2023
To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, installation view. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life, installation view. Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

2023

To the Friend Who Did Not Save My Life brings together works by the Turner-Prize winning artist Charlotte Prodger alongside Sholto Buck, Laura Langer, Laila Majid, David Moser, Louis Blue Newby, Dayle Palfreyman and Tobias Allen.

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Motherland Homeland

Emily Parr, Monica Paterson, Pilimilose Manu, Siliga David Setoga, 'Uhila Moe Langi Nai

8 Jul – 2 Sep 2023
Motherland Homeland, installation view. In frame: Pilimilose Manu, Siliga David Setoga, 'Uhila Moe Langi Nai, Monica Paterson.Courtesy of Cheska Brown.  

Motherland Homeland, installation view. 

In frame: Pilimilose Manu, Siliga David Setoga, 'Uhila Moe Langi Nai, Monica Paterson.

Courtesy of Cheska Brown.

 

2023

Motherland Homeland brings together the work of Pilimilose Manu, 'Uhila Moe Langi Nai, Emily Parr, Monica Paterson and Siliga David Setoga, curated by Bonni Luafutu-Tamati.

Image: Monica Paterson, Divine Encounters 2, 2019. Courtesy of the
artist.

 

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Mirai Nikki (Future Diary)

カツオ(のえ)ブ(ォ)シ, Chugen Nakahara, Hana Kobori, Hisao Kobori, Kazuya Tateishi, Kyohei Sakaguchi, Makiko Tomita, Masaaki Oyamada, Mayu Kanamori, Moeko Sonoda, Ravi Masaki, Shinoka Sekihara, TASKAM, Utageguruma, 青い

31 May – 24 Jun 2023
Chugen Nakahara, Chaos on the Other Side, 2023, installation view.

Chugen Nakahara, Chaos on the Other Side, 2023, installation view.

2023

Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) is an exhibition exchange between Kikuchi University, Kumamoto, Japan, and Enjoy Contemporary Art Space. The exhibition is a scrapbook of what might or might not be, and a contemplation of the future. Artists have been encouraged to consider their personal and collective relationships to the future from their own perspective.

The exhibition includes work by 青い, Mayu Kanamori, カツオ(のえ)ブ(ォ)シ, Hana Kobori, Hisao Kobori, Ravi Masaki, Chugen Nakahara, Masaaki Oyamada, Kyohei Sakaguchi, Shinoka Sekihara, Moeko Sonoda, TASKAM, Kazuya Tateishi, Makiko Tomita and Utageguruma.

 
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Ocean of Whispers

Elsie Andrewes, Jasmine Tuiā, Jimmy Ma'ia'i, Kasi Valu, Natasha Ratuva

19 Nov 2022 – 4 Feb 2023
Elsie Andrewes, Drink, 2022, digital painting.

Elsie Andrewes, Drink, 2022, digital painting.

2022

A grandmother’s sweet hymn carries keynotes of prayers in a grandchild’s memory, stacking plastic chairs are dragged back into storage, dented from the joy and grieving of mass family gatherings. Paternal and maternal kinship ties deepen through time-honoured iTaukei ceremonies with masi, a kala-noa calls ‘autalavou laiti (youth) to fall in love with their stories marked on tapa.

Ocean of Whispers brings together measina from Elsie Andrewes (Navala, Nakoroboya, Ba. Fiji, Pākehā), Jimmy Ma’ia’i (Sapapali’i and Fasito’outa, Samoa and Edinburgh, Scotland), Natasha Ratuva (Naioti, Bualomanihoro, Fiji), Jasmine Tuiā (Matautu Lefaga, Falefa, Anoama’a, Malifa, Samoa)  and Kasi Valu (Lapaha and Ma’ufanga, Tonga). 

Curated by Etanah Falagā Talapā.

On behalf of Enjoy, fa’afetai tele, vinaka vakalevu, malo ‘aupito to everyone who generously donated to our BoostedxMoana campaign in 2021. It is with your love, trust and support that Ocean of Whispers has been realised.


 

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Through Claystone Eyes

Eleanor Díaz Ritson

24 Sep – 5 Nov 2022
Eleanor Díaz Ritson, Cuerpo Cueva (Cave Body), 2022, water-mixable oil on canvas, 60.7 x 83.5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

Eleanor Díaz Ritson, Cuerpo Cueva (Cave Body), 2022, water-mixable oil on canvas, 60.7 x 83.5 cm. Image courtesy of the artist.

2022
Summer Residency

“Through my claystone eyes, I experience both body and place as lively; unmoving yet turbulent…Body-form becomes earth-form, landscapes of bone, rock and earth fluidly span time to the inner reaches of our bodies and minds.”-Through Claystone Eyes, Eleanor Díaz Ritson.

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Everybody SoundSystem

Eve Armstrong, Gabby O’Connor, Josephine Cachemaille

13 Aug – 10 Sep 2022
Image: Everybody SoundSystem, design by Jayne Joyce.

Image: Everybody SoundSystem, design by Jayne Joyce.

2022

Everybody SoundSystem is a project about friendship and the transformative potential of creative collective endeavor. For artists Eve Armstrong, Josephine Cachemaille and Gabby O’Connor, dance parties were their first experiences of making installations. These endeavors often involved activating spaces by enhancing sensory environments, usually through repurposing found materials and an ethos of ‘making do’.

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Document Scales

Ziggy Lever

29 Jul – 15 Sep 2022
Ziggy Lever, Site Visit, Rockhounds, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Ziggy Lever, Site Visit, Rockhounds, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

2022

There is an awkwardness to the way in which a sheet of A4 paper fits inside of a foolscap filing box. ‘Foolscap’ in the name refers to the foolscap folio, a paper size that is uncommonly used and yet boxes made to its specific measurements are ubiquitous. Though they feel slightly too long for the A4 scale, the foolscap filing box has become standard in the storage of documents, receipts, notes and exchanges.[1]

On a visit to the North Shore Rockhounds, Ron holds a slice of rock up to a cabochon sizing chart. Here a series of holes are used to guide the shaping of the rock into predetermined scales.[2] The guides sit in old ice-cream containers, alongside the home-made tools and collections of the other rockhounds. Slices of rock, ready to be shaped are filed in trays under workbenches. 

In the Neues Museum in Berlin, a display of delicate stone tablets and sheets of papyrus slide back and forth from within a series of hidden drawers. Pressing a button on the side of the cabinet labelled “Knowledge: Mathematics and Astronomy”, the third drawer from the top slowly moves out and past the camera. After a short time, the drawer retreats, reducing its exposure to sunlight.

 

[1] The foolscap filing box usually measures 15x10x3.3” (381x254x84mm) and can be found in abundance in offices, archives, and homes.  

[2] Cabochons are judged on their conformity to scale, as well as their subjective qualities

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