Within the "Book of the Beginning" of the 4th-century epic known as the Mahabharata, there is a captivating and peculiar aphorism: "What is here is elsewhere. What is not here is nowhere else."
Scholars have interpreted this expression as a rumination on the contradictions inherent in the singularity and multiplicity of human existence.
Despite the differences in our cultural locales, political contexts and environments, there are of course aspects of the human experience we can connect to regardless of our personal subjectivities.
This exhibition features artwork by Kah Bee Chow, Li-Ming Hu and Yuk King Tan, three artists who are umbilically connected to Aotearoa but for different reasons live elsewhere.
Through them, we are reminded of how multifarious our connections to the world are.
In this moment of opening back up to the world, this exhibition seeks to agitate notions that separate the local from the international through the lens of artists that occupy both spheres.