Upcoming EXHIBITION: Mother's Tongue

Opening Reception - September 29th, 6:00 PM

Bach Residency recipient, Sriwhana Spong, an artist of New Zealand and Indonesian descent, brings her unique voice to Pittsburgh, creating a new body of work inspired by the writings of Pennsylvania poet, H.D, and the song of the Bali Mynah bird. “This is a voice on the brink of extinction and a voice understood perhaps, through the senses, where meaning exists in what is audible and not legible. Both H.D and the Mynah can be considered as two conscious bodies responsive to the environment that impresses upon them.”

Spong has collaborated closely with local filmmaker Ivette Spradlin and artist Ricardo Iamuuri on this project, creating a new moving image work and installation in NK's main gallery and chapel. “Film interests me for this project because of its material properties, where light writes onto the celluloid, much like pen on paper, and also for its particular quality of image”. 

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.