From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country

The collaborative installation will see a city emerge from cardboard in Auckland Art Gallery. 
Stephen Heard
Published on April 11, 2018


Following the successful run of Yayoi Kusama's The obliteration room, another collaborative art installation is set to land at Auckland Art Gallery. The work of artists and husband-and-wife team Isabel and Alfredo Aquilizan, From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country, will see a city emerge from cardboard in the Gallery's North Atrium.

Using recycled cardboard boxes to create a model city, the artists invite collaboration by providing work space and materials for visitors to produce their own small cardboard houses which will be amassed into the installation.

The very first cardboard houses to contribute to the installation will be made in a series of workshops being held during the April school holidays. From Saturday 14 April, the Gallery invites the public to participate in daily art-making workshops. Participants will imagine their perfect home and create it using recycled boxes, cardboard, tape and glue. These cardboard homes will then form part of the installation suspended in the North Atrium.

Commissioned for the Gallery's Todd Foundation Creative Learning Centre, the participatory artwork explores community, family, relocation and homemaking, and is part of an ongoing series of site-specific projects that use art-making to prompt conversations about what makes a home.

On Sunday 22 April, visitors will have the opportunity to hear Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan in conversation with Auckland Art Gallery Director Rhana Devenport, who has worked with the artists since 2009.

From Pillars to Posts: Project Another Country runs from 21 April to 16 September.

Image: Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, In-Habit: Project Another Country, 2012, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney.


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