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A cardboard city is coming to Auckland

Project Another Country on display in Sydney

Following on from the success of its previous collaborative exhibition, The obliteration room, Auckland Art Gallery is rolling out another installation viewers can get involved in – except this time, with cardboard. 

Just as Yayoi Kusama’s The obliteration room exhibition (the much Instagrammed white room filled with colourful dots in various sizes applied to every surface) wraps up at Auckland Art Gallery, another interactive display is set to take its place.

Starting Saturday 21 April, husband-and-wife duo Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan’s From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country will be on display at Auckland Art Gallery.

The exhibition explores the themes of family, community, and relocation, with its aim being to prompt a conversation about what makes a place a home.

With recycled cardboard boxes on offer, visitors are invited to create their own small cardboard house, which will then be added to the installation.

The first cardboard houses added to the installation will be then made into a series of workshops during the April school holidays.

Participants will be asked to create their dream home using recycled boxes, cardboard, tape and glue, which will then form an expansive cardboard city suspended from the ceiling.

Auckland Art Gallery director Rhana Devenport says the themes of migration, displacement and settlement are especially relevant for Aucklanders today.

“With 39 percent of people living in the Auckland region having been born overseas, these are conversations that truly matter in today’s world,” Devenport says.

“‘The Aquilizans have dedicated a large part of their careers to travelling and exploring the concept of home and belonging around the world. The Gallery is honoured to be the site of this newly commissioned project for Auckland.”

The Project Another Country art-making workshop will run from Saturday 14 April to Sunday 29 April, 10.30am – 3.30pm daily. The artists will also be doing a talk with Devenport on Sunday 22 April at 3pm. 

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