Artspace

IKI and Thanks For All the IKA

East Europe, (LTU): Laura Stasiulyte, Arturas Raila, Aidas Bareikis, Linas Jablonskis, Jennifer Allora / Gullermo Calzadilla & Vilnius Film Collective, Kostas Bogdanas, Kai Kaljo, Audrius Novickas, Laila Pakalnina, Pavel Braila, Daniela Kostova, Egle Rakauskaite, Vita Zaman

NZ: Ani O'Neil, Lisa Reihana, Ava Seymour, Filipe Tohi, Natalie Robertson, Jim Vivieaere, Reuben Paterson, Damon Fepuleai, Graham Fletcher, John Pule, Lonnie Hutchinson, Veronica Vaevae, Craig Fasi, Niki Hastings-McFall, Emi Tamua, Rohan Wealleans, Francis Upritchard

20 February 2004

Curated by Tobias Berger

Artspace in Partnership with Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Cook Islands Museum


A show of Pacific Art, far, far away from its origin was held in Lithuania between June and August 2003, at the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius. This centre is the biggest and most interesting contemporary art space in Eastern Europe. IKI and thanks for all the IKA included artists Ani O'Neil, Lisa Reihana, Ava Seymour, Filipe Tohi, Natalie Robertson, Jim Vivieaere, Reuben Paterson, Damon Fepuleai, Graham Fletcher, John Pule, Lonnie Hutchinson, Veronica Vaevae, Craig Fasi, Niki Hastings-McFall, Emi Tamua, Rohan Wealleans and Francis Upritchard and was organized and curated in Auckland by the director of Artspace, Tobias Berger.

IKI in Lithuanian means good bye or 'so long' and IKA is the Maori word for fish. Together 'So long and thanks for all the fish' comes from the title of Douglas Adam's last book of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. The idea of realizing a Pacific Art exhibition in Lithuania seemed as strange and wonderful as Adam's masterwork of late 20th century science fiction but besides presenting a great variety of art, this exhibition asks questions about the divisions of locality, artistic relevance, generic art practice and global exhibitions.

IKI and thanks for all the IKA does not intend to exhibit an exotic viewpoint or promote tourism fantasies. It presents a very unique, 'pacificy', art practice and method. The exhibition was not curated by ethnicity but guided by a diverse type of a pacific feeling, found in New Zealand artists from all ethnicity. Due to limited funding, this exhibition required all artworks to fit into two suitcases taken on board as luggage, giving the exhibition a conceptual and literal nomadic quality.

IKI and thanks for all the IKA traveled to the Cook Islands Museum in January and there the translation of IKI means to 'change position'! The exhibition now returns to Artspace in Auckland, opening 20 February 2004. Included in the Artspace installation will be artworks by 5 Lithuanian artists, completing the idea of travel and translation and creating a truly international experience.

See available editions by Lisa Reihana , Rohan Weallans  and Francis Upritchard .