14 Jul — 17 Nov 2013
Open Window - Balamohan Shingade: Thirty-six views of Mount Taranaki
On Sunday 14 July 2012, Auckland-based artist Balamohan Shingade invited artists, curators and makers on a journey from Auckland to Mount Taranaki and back, travelling by coach from dawn to midnight. Each participant was invited to respond with a material contribution, as a trace of the day, the journey and the mountain.
Thirty-six people offered responses to this journey, in the form of drawings, prints, photographs, video and audio recordings, performances, objects and food for the journey. Presented in a series of mini-exhibitions for open window, six groups of six artworks are shown for three weeks each.
Inspired by the famous series of Japanese woodblock prints Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1826-1833) by Katsushika Hokusai, Shingade has opened the authorship of these ‘views’ to thirty-six collaborators, assembling divergent responses to Mount Taranaki as a trace of the journey and encounter. Shingade’s cross-cultural coordinates reference the overlap of religiosity and tourism in the form of a sacred pilgrimage.
Shingade is currently completing his Masters of Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland.