Panel Discussion: Carving Water Painting Voice

Panel Discussion: Carving Water Painting Voice

Thursday 7 March, 5pm
Edmiston Gallery, New Zealand Maritime Museum 

5pm  Drinks and nibbles
5:30pm Panel starts


Facilitated by Kelly Carmichael (Starkwhite Gallery, Sculpture on the Gulf 2017) this panel discussion will be an opportunity to hear from all of the contributers to this show. The event will look at how each piece of work intersects with the others, and the different perspectives on the key theme of migration.

Panellists include: Kazu Nakagawa, Helen Bowater, Riemke Ensing and Andrew Caldwell


About Carving Water Painting Voice

Conceived by Kazu Nakagawa, the exhibition Carving Water, Painting Voice explores the themes of human migration and identity: “our journeys carve water, our languages paint voices”.

“Homesickness is a longing for belonging, the invisible pull – like gravity – of a place against the current of human migration and ongoing journeys. Such uncountable conflicts keep our world never the same.” Kazu Nakagawa

Kazu Nakagawa’s exquisite sculpture – a remodelled wooden Niuean outrigger canoe and 18 carved paddles, is accompanied by a richly textured composition created by Helen Bowater. Visitors can listen to the voices of more than 50 individuals, many of whom are migrants, sing, speak and narrate in their native language.

Alongside the sculptural artwork, a series of “data-maps” created by designer Andrew Caldwell will be showcased. Through the analysis of data linked to DNA, navigation, art, food and trade, Caldwell renders the story of migration into topological maps that shed light on our long journey out of Africa and ultimately to Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Themes of voyaging and migration are further explored through a display of poems written by Riemke Ensing and which include a work that considers the making process undertaken by Kazu Nakagawa.



Edmiston Gallery, New Zealand Maritime Museum
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