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Still, Like Air, I'll Rise

Still, Like Air, I'll Rise

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  • Wed 23 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 24 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 25 Aug ’17, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 26 Aug ’17, 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 27 Aug ’17, 11:00am – 4:00pm
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The Physics Room, 49-59 Worcester Boulevard, Christchurch Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


The Physics Room

Hannah Brontë, Skawennati, Esther Ige, Lisa Reihana, Salote Tawale, Leafa Wilson & Olga Krause.

Curated by: Abby Cunnane and Charlotte Huddleston
Exhibition Preview: Friday 21 July, 5.30pm

- 29 July, 2pm: Curator Talk with Abby Cunnane, Acting Director St Paul, St Gallery
- 21 July, 5:30pm - 7:30pm: Leafa Wilson & Olga Krause, Unprotected no. 2: This ain’t no disco, 2017, an endurance performance work.

An Ōtautahi iteration of a work which was first performed at St Paul St Gallery, AUT, Auckland. This ain’t no disco is an endurance work. The artist will be performing throughout the duration of the opening event. You are invited to join in the performance throughout the course of the evening. Trigger Warning: blood may be drawn in a controlled fashion.

The Physics Room is proud to present Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise, an exhibition developed by St Paul St Gallery, AUT. Curated by Abby Cunnane and Charlotte Huddleston. First shown at St Paul St Gallery, AUT 24 February 2017 - 31 March 2017.

There is an element of triumph in every gesture of defiance. “But still, like air, I’ll rise” wrote Maya Angelou in 1978. Writing of resilience under oppression, she is speaking for her race and gender in an address of historical and structural oppression of Black Americans.

Angelou’s is a “confident voice of strength that recognises its own power and will no longer be pushed into passivity."1 It’s an attitude of powerful dissent that the works in this exhibition have in common. The title is twice borrowed; from Angelou and from Hannah Brontë, whose work Still I Rise (2016) imagines Indigenous women of colour parliament in Australia, through a rap music video.

The work addresses her question “how do we keep fighting if we can’t envision victory?”2 Brontë’s and the other works in this exhibition have no patience for generalising rhetoric around ‘making change’. Rather each attends to its specific social-political context, and the gestures are direct.

The works in Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise do not revise history; they just remember it differently and at times set propositions for alternative futures into action.

For more information see http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/exhibitions/still-like-air-ill-rise

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