The Kauri Project with Toi Taiao Whakatairanga
Kaukapakapa, New Zealand · Curating
The Kauri forests have been managed under European-based resource management for 180 years and are in poor health. Since 2018, these 2000+ year old trees are the context for a series of artistic interventions by The Kauri Project Trust, composed by artists and Indigenous activists.
The Kauri Project was initiated in June of 2013 to research and develop community engagement exhibitions, events and activities, using art as a tool alongside science and other cultural activity and knowledge, in order to promote awareness of kauri dieback, kauri biodiversity and the significant role kauri plays in the ecology, history, economy and cultural landscape of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
As one of the members, curator Sophie Jerram, will be involved in creating an immersive installation as an advocacy project for the capital city of Wellington. She aims to bring a contemplative environment as well as space for dialogue, for non-didactic, wider comprehension, aiming to share the feeling and understanding of the issues related to the Northern forests.
Sophie Jerram‘s work as a curator, artist and businesswoman has had a particular interest in issues surrounding sustainability and art’s examination of the relationship between business and the environment. A founding curator of Letting Space with Mark Amery, other curatorial projects include, Gaining Interest, Gift of the Artist (all Artspace, Auckland), Bombs Away (Adam Art Gallery and Physics Room), Posted Love (National Library Gallery) and The Concrete Deal (James Smiths Carpark). As part of Now Future, a partnership with Dugal McKinnon founded to instigate and realise arts-led projects that address key issues in sustainability and ecology, she has been running lecture series Dialogues with Tomorrow since 2010.