Join us for a discussion with artist Ashleigh Taupaki about their exhibition, All This Work Is Necessary.
Ashleigh Taupaki (Ngāti Hako, Samoan) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau, working primarily in object, drawing, and research practices. Systems of power are interrogated through iwi and place-specific narratives; with decolonial methodologies embedded in the material processes, and collection of stories and knowledge. Using found, gifted, and natural materials, Taupaki has developed an expanded mind mapping practice that emphasises connectivities within social, cultural and environmental ecologies. Through community workshopping, Taupaki uses this mode of engagement to offer a sense of place and material agency to those outside of the institutional academic space in a way that fosters sharing, relationality and generosity.