May 21, 2022

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Art is beauty

Installation of 350 cables imagine rain when caught by sunlight

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Kaili Chun is a Kanaka Öiwi artist who lives in the Hawaiian metropolis of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, the location of her ancestors. Chun is shut to her Hawaiian household and holds great respect for the knowledge and values she has inherited, including a sturdy feeling of really like and responsibility to the atmosphere in which she lives. The natural way gorgeous, Honolulu has been seriously impacted by growth, agriculture, aquaculture, militarism and tourism. Chun’s artistic apply responds to this by means of sculpture and big-scale installations that are normally web page-certain and entail group in innovative dialogues close to the importance of balanced land and waters, and how we could dwell with a bigger consciousness of our romantic relationship to these vital sources of everyday living.

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Kaili Chun / APT10 web page-precise installation Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua (When the heavens weep, the earth lives) 2021

For ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Up to date Art’ (APT10), Chun has made an tasteful installation, Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua (When the heavens weep, the earth life) 2021, comprising far more than 350 stainless-metal cables that visualize rain as it seems when caught by daylight slanting via the setting. Crafting of the inspiration for Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua, Chun shares:

Once, in a dream about rain, I noticed vibrancy where by there was an abundance of this existence-supplying element and desolation in its absence. For some, it is a basic description of the cycle among heaven and earth. But to Hawaiians, Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua is so significantly additional. Rain was often viewed as a blessing from na Akua (gods). When rain falls, the rivers and streams are total of refreshing drinkable drinking water, the lo’i (taro patches) and different plots of foodstuff resources are whole and flourishing. When the earth is healthier, we as well are healthy. This is our regular belief: that water is not simply just h2o, but that it is sacred. It is the h2o of life, ka wai a Kâne, and we are connected to it — entire body and soul.1

‘Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua’ is an Ōlelo No’eau (Hawaiian proverb), which recognises the interconnectedness involving all living things. Bodily connecting the heavens to the earth, just about every strand of Chun’s installation holds inside of it a drop-like capsule of h2o collected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants from all over Australia. Chun acknowledges and engages with the Regular Proprietors of the lands on which her perform is developed and offered in buy to build a dialogue around Indigenous knowledge and stewardship of land, sea and sky.

Investigate the map and faucet the pins for information about the vials and the h2o contained within just them

The venture consists of individuals whose Region handles wide expanses of clean and salt water alongside these whose drinking water sources are — or have turn out to be — scarce. The function articulates not only the large diversity of environments that exist throughout the several Indigenous nations of Australia, but also the deep ties that exist in between this source and the participants’ understandings of self and spot. The sharing of traditional names and words about drinking water enables audiences to also acquire better understandings of the deep scientific awareness these individuals have of these environments.

Kaili Chun, Kanaka Ōiwi folks, Hawai‘i b.1962 / Uwē ka lani, Ola ka honua (When the heavens weep, the earth life) (and detail) 2021 / Web site-unique set up with stainless metal, plexiglass, water, digital interactive and fourchannel soundscape: 20 minutes (looped) / Commissioned for ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Artwork (APT10) / Courtesy: The artist and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contributors / Proposed for the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Contemporary Artwork Assortment / © Kaili Chun / Pictures: N. Harth © QAGOMA

In light dialogue with the stories held inside each and every capsule is a soundtrack developed by the artist in reaction to the diverse h2o environments she feels linked to in her have homeland. Taking part in throughout four speakers on the edges of the set up, the soundscape moves across and through the get the job done in waves to be discovered and received by the viewers as they transfer in and all over the slanting cables. Chun states:

The fundamental notion of this piece is the great importance of water — whether wai (fresh), kai (ocean) or ua (rain) — and its embodiment of who we are as human beings — as connector or divider, healer or destroyer, purifier or putrefier. Our bodies are produced with water and sustained by drinking water, but contrary to drinking water we have the choice among unifying or separating, building ordemolishing, cleaning or soiling. Ours is a selection to provide ourfellow human beings, steward our fragile ecosystem and comply with Ke Akua, our dwelling God.2

Kaili Chun’s installation poetically reveals the deep regard its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members have for distinctive sources of water, together with the crucial relevance of honouring the knowledge this link and comprehending have created.

Ruth McDougall is Curator, Pacific Art, QAGOMA
This is an edited extract from the QAGOMA publication The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Modern Art obtainable in-retail store and on the net from the QAGOMA Retail store.

Endnotes
1 Kaili Chun, e-mail to the writer [artist statement], 10 November 2020.
2 Chun.

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On exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) during ‘The 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Present-day Artwork’ (APT10). APT10 is on look at at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Present day Artwork (QAGOMA), Brisbane from 4 December 2021 to 26 April 2022.

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