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Kanaka Öiwi artist Kaili Chun from Hawaii reflects on the Ōlelo No’eau (Hawaiian Proverb):
An art installation honouring the importance of water, and its significance to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Kanaka Öiwi artist Kaili Chun’s installation for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’, recognises water as essential to life and treasured by First Nations peoples across the globe. In that spirit, Hawaiian artist Kaili Chun invites Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants to join her in reflecting on the genealogical and historical significance of bodies and sources of water belonging to the lands over which they have custodianship. The installation will be realised at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art on the banks of the Brisbane River, as part of APT10, opening on 4 December 2021.
Share your story by submitting a sample of water and contribute to Kaili’s APT10 art installation.
“To honour the waters that give us life, mahalo (thank you) for following the appropriate cultural protocols in requesting permission from our Indigenous ancestors, keepers of ancient history, to gather the samples of water you would like to share with this project. With humility and respect, I mahalo all who are willing to share their stories.
With warm aloha”
The Artist seeks 400 samples of water collected from across Australia by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The invitation to participate in Kaili Chun’s APT10 installation is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants of all ages, living anywhere in Australia. All participants will receive a pack with a container for their sample of water, instructions on how to participate and a reply-paid envelope to return their sample. Water samples will feature within Kaili Chun’s APT10 installation Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua (When the heavens weep, the earth lives) and all participants will be acknowledged as collaborators on a touch screen in the installation.
This project is supported by the QAGOMA Indigenous Advisory Panel (IAP)
Kaili Chun, Artist in Residence at G70, Image courtesy: The artist
Following the exhibition, the water will remain as part of the artwork unless participants request otherwise
Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua (When the heavens weep, the earth lives) will be on display as part of APT10 at the Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Brisbane from 4 December 2021 to 25 April 2022
This first iteration of the project is focussed on the water and stories of Indigenous Australians only.
The water can come from any water source that is of significance to the participant
Kaili is seeking to raise awareness of water stewardship that is of critical concern to indigenous peoples across the Earth and to honour the stewardship of water that Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have practised for centuries.
There are no fees payable for participation in the project. All participants are acknowledged by the artist within the work.
If you have any questions or wish to be connected with the artist please email firstname.lastname@example.org