Rozana Lee | Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania | Christchurch Art Gallery



ROZANA LEE's recent work has been purchased for the Christchurch Art Gallery collection. The work is currently on show as part of "Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania" exhibition (2020-2022). 

I first saw this work by Lee as part of her masters graduate show at Elam. When she told me about it and what it meant to her, she brought me to tears. It's a very powerful and very personal work by an artist who has a big future ahead of her. Congratulations Rozana! 

"Adzan" 2018 
Single-channel video, sound and colour, 5 min 21 sec, looped, projected onto 2004 tsunami-soiled fabric, stainless steel posts, sandbags, 1500x1800mm (screen).

“Identity, migration, and belonging are explored in this work, which records the Adzan (Islamic call to prayer) and part of the recitation of the Quran played from the minaret of a small mosque located at a beach near Lee's hometown at sunset time. The video is projected onto fabric soiled by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, salvaged by Lee’s late father. The screen recalls sunshades commonly used in Aceh, and also Wayang, an Indonesian puppet theatre in which stories are told with shadows.

Indonesia is home to over 300 ethnic groups. Growing up there as a fourth-generation Chinese migrant, Lee experienced racial and religious tensions. When she came to Aotearoa New Zealand, she again felt like an outsider. It led her to ask what it might take to truly claim a place a home."

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