These stories began before we arrived

11 February 2015 - 16 February 2015
WXY Gallery, 5F, 385 Xin Yi Road, Section 4
Taipei, Taiwan

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 held in association with the 2015 Taipei International Book Exhibition and 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; Christchurch; Creative New Zealand; Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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