Exhibition: The Inner Lives of Islands


The Inner Lives of Islands is an exhibition of moving image works by Filipino artist and filmmaker Shireen Seno, New Zealand-based artists Christopher Ulutupu, Sione Tuívailala Monū, and Japan-based artist Yuki Iiyama.

The exhibition explores storytelling from artists across the Asia-Pacific and how these might reflect ideas of nationhood, diasporic identities, and the realities faced as Pacific and Asian peoples, enhanced by a series of public events including artist and curator talks and a programme of film screenings. 

The artists in this exhibition produce fictions, mine familial histories and respond to external media conventions to make sense of their presence in the world from the vantage point of the Pacific Ocean.

In the same way we may perceive dreams to subconsciously resolve issues from our waking lives, the narratives here impose structure and sense-making onto the improbable realities faced by Pacific and Asian peoples. This kind of confabulation, or filling in of the blanks, creates at the same time new possibilities for seeing and being in the world. The Inner Lives of Islands combines these narratives beyond mere assemblage, creating stories with agency and intentionality.

This exhibition was a recipient of an arts grant from the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono. 

Image credit: Te Tuhi website