Past event

29 July 2017

Still, Like Air, I'll Rise: Talks

29 July 2017. Free entry.

July 29 at 2pm:

Curator Talk with Abby Cunnane, Acting Director ST PAUL St Gallery


August 12 at 2pm:

Artist Talk with Esther Ige


Curator Talk with Abby Cunnane, Acting Director ST PAUL St Gallery

Abby Cunnane will discuss our current exhibition, Still, Like Air, I'll Rise, which she co-curated with Charlotte Huddleston.

Still, Like Air, I'll Rise was developed by ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT and first shown 24 February 2017 – 31 March 2017.

The Physics Room is proud to present this exhibition in Ōtautahi.

Abby Cunnane is a curator based in Tāmaki Makaurau, where she works as Acting Director at ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University. She is co-founder and editor of The Distance Plan, an ongoing collaborative project with artist Amy Howden-Chapman which advocates for the intersectional discussion of climate change, through a journal publication and public events. Recent exhibitions include Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: Their movements retain the light of the sun; Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise: Hannah Brontë, Skawennati, Esther Ige, Lisa Reihana, Salote Tawale, Leafa Wilson & Olga Krause (co-curated with Charlotte Huddleston), and Ngahuia Harrison: E takarae ki te muri i raro mata raranga mai kaewa ki te rangi ko au ki raro whakaaro rangi ai (all 2017), and Imagine the Present: Bjarki Bragason, Amy Howden-Chapman, George Watson, Natalie Robertson, Steve Kado and Shannon Te Ao (2016). She is co-convenor of Ipu ki uta, ihu ki tai, the upcoming ST PAUL St 2017 Symposium. 


Artist Talk with Esther Ige

Esther Ige will discuss her work, 'Even though', which is currently presented in Still, Like Air, I'll Rise.

Working with specific moments in history, Esther Ige’s work in photography, installation, and video engages with the racism that she identifies is still in the ‘blood stream’ of the system now. She is concerned specifically with the prevalence of racism and racist stereotypes and “through symbolic expression, gesture and stance: from declaration, to resistance, to defiance, to protest” her work brings the discussion of the ongoing journey of dealing with deeply embedded systemic structures of racism.

Esther Ige has just completed her Bachelor of Visual Arts from AUT University in 2016. Incorporating archival video footage, photography and installation Ige exposes the realities of racism in modern society.