TIFFANY SINGH | Mahabhuta: The Great Element | Malcolm Smith Gallery


TIFFANY SINGH's new exhibition, "Mahābhūta", is a Sanskrit term translating to "the great natural element" at Malcolm Smith Gallery (26 September - 19 November 2015) as a joint project with Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery, 16 Stancombe Road, Flat Bush, Auckland (part of the Auckland Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Temple) 27 September - 27 December 2015. The projects bring together the diverse people of Owairoa to collectively reflect on the great natural elements. In the form of proverbs, aphorisms and maxims, which will be inscribed directly onto the gallery's walls, all are welcomed to bring ancestral wisdom to the exhibition in order to broaden collective understanding and awareness of our inter-dependence with the natural environment.

TIFFANY SINGH creates site-specific installations deal with notions of ritual and sacredness. They are often multi-sensory works, with swarms of objects of uncompromising visual impact. Singh is of Indian, Māori, Pacific Island and Pakeha decent, and is currently based in Auckland. The coming together of these different cultures and world-views is evident in her artistic practice. Since completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours at Elam School of Fine Arts in 2008, Tiffany has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 18th Biennale of Sydney, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, the Auckland Art Gallery, and more. The intercultural weight of her 2013 project Fly Me Up To Where You Are at Pataka Museum was recognised with an award by the Human Rights Commission.

ARTIST TALK: 10th October, 12 noon, Malcolm Smith Gallery

This exhibition is produced in collaboration with the people of Owairoa and Fo Guan Yuan Art Gallery, as part of Artweek Auckland, and with heartfelt thanks to Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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