John Vea, 'Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t' (2017). Detail from a video still. Courtesy of the artist.
John Vea, Concrete is as Concrete Doesn’t (2017)

This new exhibition by John Vea critiques Western society’s preoccupation with putting up artificial barriers between people and the natural world. In this video installation John Vea lays a small number of pavements to create a path across a landscape, painstakingly reusing tiles to demonstrate the repetitive actions undertaken by builders and the low wages they receive for these laborious tasks.

During his residency in Hawai’i, Vea met artist/poet and activist Imaikalani Kalahele. Vea was struck by Kalahele’s statement: “what do we do with all da concrete rubbish?”

 

 John Vea, 'Import / Export' (2008)

Location

The Homestead Galleries
Corban Estate Arts Centre
2 Mt Lebanon Lane
Henderson
Auckland