Oneone presented by Imagine the Land is a participatory installation project created in collaboration with regional youth that explores and engages us in ‘place’ through the medium of soil. The project seeks to uncover the rich qualities of the earthen pigments of the Waitakere and Whau area and immerse youth participants and exhibition visitors alike in a project of discovery of place, its colours and textures and its materiality. The project will collectively explore through the creation of a large mural installation the area’s geology and terrain such as volcanic and ingenious materials, different coloured clays, soils, sands and muds.
In July and August Ekarasa Doblanovic will run workshops with in Whau Intermediate Schools working towards a final installation in the Te Uru Gallery Education Centre.
Imagine The Land Project cultivates relationships between people, art and nature through the use of natural resources in organic, impermanent land based installations. The project was founded in 2009 and is a collaboration between artists Ekarasa Doblanovic (Croatia/ New Zealand) and Karma Barnes (New Zealand/Australia).
Imagine the Land work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Te Uru Gallery (Auckland), The Wellington Museum of Land & Sea (Wellington), TINA Arts Festival (Newcastle) and The Villa de Leyva Museum (RESARTIS Residency, Colombia). Most recently the project has featured in two in significant international presentations. Firstly a work produced by over 500 youth at the Morrinsville Wallace Gallery was presentation and published in an exhibition hosted by The Louvre Museum as part of the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoleto collaborative project Year 1, Paradise on Earth. Secondly a number of works including a collaborative project that worked with New Lynn community was presented at the Bhoomi Festival at The New Delhi International Centre works.