SUPPORTING WOMEN IN THE ARTS
Current EXHIBITION: Mother's Tongue
Bach Residency recipient Sriwhana Spong's film Mother's Tongue is the result of a collaborative process that required the knowledge of poets, scientists, film and sound artists, including local filmmaker Ivette Spradlin and artist Ricardo Iamuuri. In this way it is a product of shared learning, conversation and negotiation. Mother's Tongue was prompted by an unexpected encounter with a snake at the Allegheny Cemetery. An experience that resonated with the artist, the memory of the encounter is richly present in the film as fragments of documentation and sensory experience. Color, sound, the essence of place and the body converge. Underpinning the work is Spong’s research into Female Mystic Writers who believed that the transference of knowledge resides within nature, and the poetry of H.D, whose writings manifest into imagery that impacts the senses "as place finds presence in the body of the reader" (Spong).The body and the natural world share a rhythm, a harmonious exchange of consumption and dissemination. In Mother’s Tongue, language dissolves and is reassembled through the medium of celluloid film, a fluid snake-like strip, both the body and agent of experiential knowledge.
Sriwhana Spong was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1979 and holds a Master of Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, Holland and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Recent exhibitions include Taking Form, with Agatha Gothe-Snape, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2013) and all our relations at the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012). In 2012 she was also selected as a finalist for the prestigious Walters Prize at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki. Her work is collected by major institutions including Tepapa Tongarewa National Museum of New Zealand, Auckland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. She comes to Neu Kirche following a prestigious one-year residency at the DAAD in Berlin, Germany. She is represented by Michael Lett in New Zealand.