Fellowship Residency at ST Paul St Gallery

During their research residency in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Ahmett and Salina are working on a series of imaginative responses towards aspects of the local context inconnection with the geopolitics of the Pacific Rim. Their points of focus are the Treaty of Waitangi (1840) in relation to ongoing issues of land ownership and sovereignty; the Polynesian Panthers and other social movements in Auckland in the 1970s — addressed as an inspirational peaceful form in relation to the Free West Papua movement; and homelessness.

ST PAUL St Gallery’s biannual Research Fellowship is a three-month residency. The fellowship is intended for the development of a project which expands the regular exhibition program into wider social and political situations both locally and internationally within the Asia-Pacific region.

Exhibition at SPSG

The Fellowship Residency also held an exhibition at ST Paul St Gallery to show the previous works were made in Ring of Fire region (Japan, Taiwan and Indonesia). On the opening night, The Flame of the Pacific was launched with a performance of sewing the flag. The Indonesian students also came and played interactive performances. During the exhibition period the fellowship used the space as a meeting point where people can come at anytime without appointment in working days. The exhibition was held from 2 April to 27 May 2016.
Playing Angklung (Bamboo music instrument)

Fellowship Forum

As part of Ahmett and Salina’s Fellowship with ST PAUL St, they held three open discussions, looking at issues arising from their research during their three-month residency in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Fellowship Forum #1

A Public Discussion about Geopolitical Turmoil in Papua
Fellowship Forum #2

A Public Discussion about the Movements in 1970s
Fellowship Forum #3

Looking Back to Move Forward

Workshop

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