Fields and Notions is a solo exhibition of current Te Whare Hēra artist in residence, Eduardo Abaroa.
Abaroa’s work has engaged a myriad of artistic processes and topics that correspond to the ever-changing context of his home country. In Fields and Notions Abaroa excavates his personal archive of video works, dating back to the early nineties when he was an art student. Abaroa brings these works into dialogue with new videos, drawings and objects he has collected and made during his time in Aotearoa New Zealand.
The selection of works in Fields and Notions is connected by Abaroa’s investigation of the roles played by contemporary and public art: precarious narratives are transcribed to provoke thoughts and emotions beyond the artist’s intentions. Abaroa says “art is not practiced here as a place of propaganda or enlightenment, but rather as a misstep which forces us, under the proper conditions, to move in a previously unexpected direction.”