OPENING EVENT: Tuesday 30th January 2018, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Melanie Roger Gallery is pleased to present a selection of work to celebrate TIFFANY SINGH being a 2017 recipient of the New Generation Award from the NZ Arts Foundation.
"Collaboration is the Future" positions the values and ethics of social practice as permanent works that focus on the collaborative process. These objects are imbued with an energy that are vital and vaulable aspects of the artworks. Each work has been prepared by years of collaborative discourse and through seeking, gathering and weaving together authentic materials that articulate Singh's artistic identity as a contemporary artist, at this moment in time. A moment where her enquiry, context and relationships have come together to inform a body of work that has been germinating for nearly a decade.
These materials of deep land, deep forest and deep sea, connect natural products to domestic human society. "Collaboration is the Future" operates as recipricol exchange relations that establishes artworks to be enacted with. Where complimentary relationships transfer the focus of ritual, to collections of abundance that examine historical contexts in which religion could not be seperated from politics, economics or social life.
The act of individual collaborations culminating for Collaboration is the Future is very significant as the suite of works operates as an archival collection of time and place.
Tiffany Singh is a Social Practice artist, specialising in socially engaged art outcomes. Born in New Zealand of Indian & Pacific decent. Her practice explores the relationship between engagement in arts, culture & subjective well-being. Tiffany has worked on sustainable community outreach, exploring engagement in the arts that are focused on expanding research within the social sciences. Her interest in cultural preservation combined with strong social discourse has seen her use the arts as a vehicle for education, outreach & empowerment.
Tiffany has created significant works of scale both in New Zealand & internationally. Her works often suggest positive impact by facilitating audiences through fine art frameworks to engender policy & advocacy of social cohesion. Her Social Practice approach is informed by Eastern Philosophy with a lens towards acknowledging traditional devices that affect well-being to foster unique art & social impact outcomes.
This solo exhibition of work comes just prior to the unveiling of a major new project at Te Papa Tongarewa by Tiffany Singh as well her departure for a three month Asia NZ Foundation residency at the Taipai Artist Village in Taiwan.