Shannon Te Ao

te huka o te tai
May 18 - July 15, 2017
Opening Thursday May 18, 6pm

Shannon Te AoShannon Te Ao, te huka o te tai, 2017. Two channel video, with sound. Cinematography Iain Frengley. 
In collaboration with Taipei Contemporary Art Centre (TCAC) and with the kind support of CNZ’s Asia/NZ Co-Commissioning Fund, Artspace is proud to present Shannon Te Ao’s new works focusing on his artistic methodology and collaborative thinking. Investigating the epistemological relationship between an ongoing interest in waiata and  te reo Māori, using these as potential connectors between Taiwan’s commplex recent history. 
Te Ao echoes the tradition of landscape painting within this new filmic propositon that belongs to a particular land, and the absence or presence of a community. This exhibition will also draw connections to a number of recent new works presented within the Learning, Unlearning, Relearning research area. Te Ao produced a pair of unique notebooks and a number of newly translated text based works with local artists and collaborators in Taipei during his recent residency organised by TCAC. These will be presented alongside his recent collaborative work with Daniel Reimer-Maier, which was previously exhibited at the Lorne St. off site venue for the exhibition Politics of Sharing: on Collective Wisdom.     
The video installation in the exhibition depicts a split vision of physicality—as located within the environment and then enacted within the creative process. Both reflect upon a primal tendency in us to use the things around us within the task of retention; whether it relates to the histories that a place is founded on or the ability of artistic response to propose a relationship through space and time. 
Te huka o te tai, english translation: the sugar of the wave.
Shannon Te Ao is an artist currently based in Wellington, New Zealand, and is the winner of the 2016 Walters Prize. Working predominantly within performance and video based practices Te Ao’s recent work has seen him draw from a range existing literary material including Māori lyrical sources. Whakataukī and waiata; using these as a bridge between the physical and emotional within his develeoping filmic language, grounded in documented performance and moving image installation.
The artist would like to acknowledge the suppport  of Creative New Zealand, Artpsace, Auckland and the Taipei Contemporary Art Centre with special mention to the following people; Esther Lu, Tomtom Chuang, Lin Hsi-Yao, Ho Pei-Ling, Szuyu Liu, Tsai Wan Che, Iain Frengley, Fraser Walker, Anna Gardiner, Daniel Maier-Reimer, Jaimee Stockman-Young and Misal Adnan Yildiz.


Solo exhibitions from Sarah Smuts-Kennedy, Shannon Te Ao, and Yuki Kihara take place within the framework of “Singular Pluralities ∞ Plural Singularities”, a series of solo exhibitions which began in 2015. Focusing on artistic research and exhibition methodology, the series experiments with installation strategies, and event structures.