With an interest in architecture and a background in education, Nicolás Paris’ project at the Govett-Brewster is driven by his philosophical investigations into the processes of learning, nature, art and contemporary life.
Curated by Sarah Wall, Kaitakatū Toi Hōu / Curator Contemporary Art
Artist Nicolás Paris brings together his architectural education and his teaching experience to incorporate elements of collaboration, dialogue and exchange in his work. The gallery serves as a platform for ephemeral, experimental learning experiences, including public conversations, workshops and events. Paris will alter and rearrange different elements of the exhibition to replicate and echo the flow of ideas that took place.
what connects us is presented not as a finished product or display but as a continuing process of growth and transformation.
Ko tā te ringa toi o Columbia mahi he whakawhiti i ngā takiwā whakaaturanga hei takiwā whakamātauranga, tohatoha hoki. Ehara a what connects us i te tāreitanga kua oti kē, erangi he mahinga whakapoupou i ngā tupuranga me ngā whanaketanga.
Paris conceives of the exhibition as a classroom, a place of learning where there are no teachers or students, only co-participants. In this classroom, we learn from those around us, not just people but all things, animate and inanimate. This requires us to be aware: to watch, listen and feel, to open our senses, to pay attention to our surroundings. As we move through the exhibition, subtle networks of relations and connections emerge, forcing us to think more broadly about our relationship to nature, and to each other.
E ai ki a Paris, he akomanga te whakaaturanga nei, he wāhi ako kāore hoki hōna kaiako, hōna tauira, erangi he hoa noa iho. Ka ako i te hunga e taiāwhio ana i a koe, kaua i te tangata anahe, erangi i ngā mea katoa ō-waho, ō-roto. Me mataara tātou, me āta rongo tātou ki ngā mea katoa. I a tātou e hipa ana i te whakaaturanga, he hononga ka hua ake, mea rawa ake ka hōhonu ake ngā haurongo ki te taiao, ki te tangata hoki.
In this spirit, the gallery becomes a platform for public conversations, workshops and events developed by the artist in close collaboration with the Education Team and curator. For details on the associated activities, please visit this website's event page, or pick up an information sheet in the gallery.
Ko tōna tikanga ka takatūria te whare pīataata hei wāhi whakawhiti kōrero, whakatū papamahi me ngā kātū huihuinga nā te ringa toi i hanga ki tō te Kāhui Manakohi me te Kaitakatū taha hoki. Tirohia te tauranga ipurangi o te whare pīataata, kawea atu rānei tētehi pepa mōhiohio ki te pānui tonu i te tikanga nei.
Nicolás Paris is the 2019 Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Aotearoa New Zealand Artist in Residence. The residency is supported by Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.
Ko Nicolás Paris te Ringa Toi o Aotearoa Manuwhiri o te whare pīataata o Govett-Brewster. Nā Te Kaunihera o Toi Aotearoa te taunaki mai i te manaakitanga.
The artist has conceived a series of public programmes, educational projects and collaborative workshops both within and outside the Gallery that will be updated throughout the exhibition. See our events pages on this website for further details.