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New Works

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  • Wed 18 Oct ’17, 5:00pm – 11:00pm


Whitespace Contemporary Art, 20 Monmouth St, Ponsonby


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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Aotearoa New Zealand is a special place. As the last major land mass occupied by humans, the natural environment and biological diversity therein is both unique and taonga. However, the high rate of endemism is increasingly overshadowed by trends toward extinction.

An exhibition of new works by Erin Forsyth, carefully researched over 18 months, illustrates key characteristics of threatened species of land and forest, the ecological relationships sustaining them and which, in turn, they sustain.

The exhibition marks a pivotal time in environmental history, opening on the first anniversary of New Zealand Government ratifying the Paris Agreement on climate change. The exhibition is also scheduled to coincide with 'Artweek Auckland' and the Department of Conservation's 'Conservation Week 2017'.

This perfectly mirrors the impetus for this exhibition - pairing art and conservation in an exploration of the link between cultural and biological diversity (or ‘biodiversity’).

During Conservation Week 2017, Wednesday, October 18 at 5pm, a wider project launches online at erinforsyth.com supporting this conservation conversation with a series of artist prints and videos. The first webisode, filmed during her residency with Studio One Toi Tū earlier this year, focuses on native bats known or pekapeka and features interviews with ‘batman’ Ben Paris of the Auckland Council biodiversity team and keeper Debra Searchfield at the Auckland Zoo.

The interview with Debra features the last footage captured of a pair of lesser short-tailed bats (Mystacina tuberculata) housed at the zoo. For the first edition prints available online, Erin has teamed up with Trees That Count, a national reforestation initiative by pledging to fund the planting of one tree for every print sold.

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