Past event

12 December 2014

The Drowned World

12 December 2014. Free entry.

Launch event with performance by Nina Oberg Humphries
Friday 12 December, 5.30pm

Curator Daniel Michael Satele in conversation with Nina Oberg Humphries
Saturday 13 December, 2pm 

The Drowned World is an online exhibition located at, curated by Daniel Michael Satele for Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust. The Drowned World features work by seven New Zealand-based, Pacific artists exploring the intimate connection between human life and water. The artists are Lesieli Finau, Nina Oberg Humphries, Sara Riordan, Elyjana Roach, Salome Tanuvasa, Jasmine Te Hira and Luisa Tora.

As the twenty-first century promises rising sea levels and diminishing freshwater sources, negotiating humans’ relationship with this crucial resource will become an increasingly urgent task for societies and individuals. The exhibition does not, however, have an ecological message to deliver or any prescription for solving the water crises we face. Instead The Drowned World aims to question how we interact with water and ascribe it meaning; how we understand and misunderstand water; and to ask what water can tell us about ourselves in our intimate connection to it.