Belonging, Stories of Contemporary New Zealand Asian Artists: Group Exhibition

1 - 31 August 2024 Bergman Gallery, Auckland
Luise Fong, Tanja McMillan (Misery), Wei Lun Ha, Bev Moon, Llenyd Price, Rhea Maheshwari, Louie Bretaña, Andrea Bolima, Rozana Lee & Gavin Chai.
 
Opening Thursday 1 August 5pm, all welcome.
 
In an ongoing series of exhibitions exploring diasporic New Zealand/Asian identity, exhibition curator Benny Chan unites 10 artists from the Auckland and Waikato region for the new exhibition Belonging: Stories of Contemporary New Zealand Asian Artists.
 
The story for New Zealand/Asian immigration is a complex one, beset by the colonial prejudices of the age. From the outset of the gold rush in the 1860's, Asian immigrants have forged an integral path within modern New Zealand society. 
 
Chan states "Belonging tells stories of our people, from the hardships of the Poll Tax descendants through 160 years of building identity within a New Zealand context. Belonging is not attempt to relitigate historical greivance, Belonging is a celebration of colour, diversity, and love. It is about embracing our combined culture and acknowledging our heritage. It is about community, home, and most importantly, that we belong."