Artspace - Auckland
07/10/2010 - 08/28/2010
From working in the Volunteer sector for two years in the East I became conversant with using art as a means to generate and affect change. The effectiveness of using art as a tool became evident in relation to empowerment, by providing a sense of value and worth to underprivileged
communities through the medium of participation.
In Union Singh brings to question the Social conscience and right of sacred practice, themes of embracing what is important to us as individuals, and what it means to be a community.
Union looks at the way art can function both as an elitist status symbol and a poignant vehicle for social change.
The power of the work lies in the ability to be able to spur public conversation, raise awareness, activate participation and stir the spirit. This opening out of the art-making process creates a space for openly and generously giving to each other, listening to each other,
encouraging other perspectives, as the more we see, hear and learn from each other, the greater the artwork will continue to resound.
The traditional elements of offering are active and present in the work in the hope of creating an accessible and respected space of contemplation and collaboration for both artist and audience. It is this integral aspect of cooperation that builds relationships and in doing so breaks down the borders producing a co–dependant process based style of art making.
Reflect sacred practice and activating a space of rest and tranquility as a necessary intervention to the habitual notions of the everyday journey and familiarity of the world around us.
Echoing the sentiments of Holi, Odalan, and the Mayan ceremony of U Janal Pixan. As these ceremonies promote positive race relations by symbolising integration and secularism for all as they come together to enjoy the in spirit of life. This inclusive gesture of ceremony is intended to bridge any perceived social gaps and differences, bringing diverse communities together.