The second exhibition of the 2017 PIMPI Winter Series confronts the inevitable cultural transformation of communities and spaces undergoing gentrification in South Auckland. Featuring local and international artists, #CHANGES presents reflections on social histories, memory and place-making, intercultural navigation and the uncomfortable relationship between gentrification and neo-colonialism.
Ōtāhuhu is changing before our eyes. Auckland’s housing crisis has shifted the appeal of our neighbourhoods and new homeowners, residents and investment are transforming the demography and commercial landscape of parts of South Auckland at an alarming rate.
As a manifestation of inequality, gentrification is about displacement and economic privilege. At first, it leads to historically segregated communities being unnaturally thrust together, learning to live, somewhat awkwardly, side-by-side. But as the momentum of change increases, the inevitable transformation of our communities becomes less about the benefits of having better access to good coffee, but the quietly shifting dynamics of power and numbers, control and influence, agency, belonging and entitlement.
Ōtāhuhu is changes, hard. What will our future look like? What changes bring value to our communities, and what threatens the culture and sense of place we know and love?
In artwork and a panel discussion throwdown, tune in to the voices and share in the perspectives of artists and locals experiencing #changes in Ōtāhuhu, South Auckland.
Image credit: Warning (2017) by Ema Tavola
Featuring: Konile Fusitua, Sean Kerrigan, Qiane Matata-Sipu, Lilia Rakoia, Ema Tavola, Lisiate Wolfgramm
Opening: 6pm, Saturday 8 July
Panel Discussion: #RealTalk – Gentrifying South Auckland: 2pm, Saturday 15 July
Exhibition Dates: 10 – 28 July