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Artists named for 2018 Asia residencies

The Foundation has announced the successful applicants for this year's arts residencies in Indonesia, India, China, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Taiwan. The artists will live and work at the prestigious residency organisations for three months next year.

The residencies provide the artists an opportunity to work with international artists and curators, with the aim of creating ongoing connections that will foster future collaborations.

The Asia New Zealand Foundation has run its artist-in-residency programme since 2007, exposing New Zealand artists to new ideas and experimental art forms in some of Asia’s most vibrant cities.  Since 2010, the Foundation has partnered with Creative New Zealand to deliver three of the residencies.

The successful candidates for 2018 are:

Bridget Reweti, Cemeti - Institute of Art and Society, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Bridget Reweti

Bridget Reweti is an artist from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi in Tauranga Moana, Aotearoa. Her lens-based practice explores landscape perspectives and contemporary indigenous realities. Reweti is part of Mata Aho Collective, a collaboration between four Māori women artists who produce large scale textile works commenting on the complexity of Māori lives.

Reweti is excited about spending time in Yogyakarta and engaging with the vibrant art scene there. She is interested in continuing her collaborative approach to art making by exploring gift economies, rates of exchange and notions of cultural obligation.  

Elliot Collins, Kriti Gallery, Varanasi, India

Elliot Collins

Elliot Collins is a text-based artist who works across multiple disciplines to generate artwork that plays with ideas of memory, trace, memorial and invisibility. He incorporates photography, sculpture, poetry and installation within his practice. 

While on residency at Kriti Gallery, Collins hopes to engage with local life and experience daily rituals as he continues to reflectively make work in response to his surroundings.

He will be researching and documenting memory traces and marks of palimpsest that endure in Varanasi, as well as stories and histories of the local area. Collins will involve artisans and makers in the local community to produce work that draws from the dramatic and stimulating environment of this unique city. 

Kalisolaite Uhila, Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo

Born in 1981 in Tonga, Kalisolaite Uhila's contemporary performances incorporate Pacific and Western iconography and are imbued with his heritage.

Uhila plans to connect with the Tongan diaspora who have relocated and live in Tokyo. “I was born in Tonga, and I currently live in Aotearoa/New Zealand, where our Pacific links have different political and cultural understandings," he says. "I want to understand the ways in which Tongan culture has adapted to Asian society. My focus will be on time: how time is used and how time changes in relation to space and people.”

Ross Lew, Rimbun Dahan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Ross Lew

Ross Liew is an artist and curator with a personal and professional focus on the role art and artists can play in contributing towards the quality of our built environments.

Liew says the Rimbun Dahan Residency is an exciting opportunity for him to explore a number of different threads from a very personal perspective.

From the perspective of a Chinese New Zealander working as both an artist and curator, Liew has identified rich potential in this residency and intends to foster mutually beneficial relationships within the creative ecology of Kuala Lumpur, ultimately resulting in ongoing reciprocal exchange between New Zealand and Malaysia.

Sam Thomas, SeMA Nanj Artists Residency, Seoul

Sam Thomas

Sam Thomas’s method of researching and locating traditional masters has taken him to Kashmir, Malaysia and the Cook Islands.

Thomas’s research has led him to the Korean art of Bangjja, as a way to deepen his understanding of the material. Bangjja is a unique hand-forged-metal style that has been crafted since the bronze age and is particularly renowned in the province of Daegu, South Korea.

Thomas says the opportunity to be an artist in residence at the SeMA Nanji is a rare moment for him to focus solely on artistic practice.

Ted Whitaker, Iː Project Space, Beijing

Ted whitaker

Ted Whitaker is a Dunedin-based artist who works in the field of video, photography and installation. His research interests explore ideas of intimacy and care through media archaeology and archival techniques.

During the residency with Iː Project Space in Beijing, Whitaker hopes to explore e-waste systems to further his understanding of the ecological, political and ethical landscape, both as a visitor to Beijing and as a consumer. He hopes to build knowledge and understanding of Beijing and surrounding communities through ideas of communication and language, specifically within consumer electronic culture.

Tiffany Singh, Taipei Artists Village, Taiwan

Tiffany Singh

Tiffany Singh is a social practice artist, specialising in socially engaged art outcomes. Born in New Zealand of Indian and Pacific descent, her practice explores the relationship between engagement in arts, culture and subjective well-being

Singh’s time at the Taipei Artist Village residency will be centred on existing health frameworks and providing a space for multiple perspectives of wellness to be acknowledged.

Singh’s intention is to provide a contemporary platform for environmental, cultural and spiritual oral histories to be passed on through storytelling narratives, contemporary art installation and engaged audience experience.

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30 October 2017