QUEER BLOODLINES (AFTER ORJIS)

Image: Queer Bloodlines (After Orjis), 2015, timber ladders, altered Persian carpet, gold acrylic, rose water, dimensions variable.

Image: Queer Bloodlines (After Orjis), 2015, timber ladders, altered Persian carpet, gold acrylic, rose water, dimensions variable.

This new installation work was created through research into queer and feminist artistic and curatorial practice undertaken on the Tautai Trust artist in residence programme in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland in Hui-tanguru February 2015.

In Queer Bloodlines (After Orjis), the sacred, healing waters of the Loimata o Apaula/Tears of Apaula river in ‘Upolu, Sāmoa, become golden showers, cum spillage, genealogical steps to a possible queer ancestry. The ceremonial, regal reverence connoted to golden objects takes the utilitarian ladders and fragmented Persian carpet through an alchemical transition; each rung renders various states of golden space and time of queer possibility. 

 

Resonance, curated by Chuck Feesago

9 Paenga-whāwhā Lo April-3 Haratua Au-nunu May 2015, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Footscray Community Arts Centre