Thursday November 23, 2017 to Friday February 9, 2018
ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland
In The Ground Swallows You Matthew Galloway investigates the geopolitical implications of using imported fertiliser in our agricultural industry. Part I of this project traced the path of the container ship Josco Suzhou, carrying Rock Phosphate from the occupied territory of Western Sahara in North Africa to Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand in late 2015. Galloway has subsequently developed the project to raise questions about our continued trade relationship with this disputed territory, despite the human rights issues involved. Adapting and deploying the symbols of the fertiliser corporations and countries involved as a new visual language on these flags, As Time Goes By highlights our ongoing participation in Morocco’s illegal occupation and use of Western Sahara’s resources. Here the flags are accompanied by a free newspaper providing information on the background and context for this long-running conflict. As a whole the project sets out to reveal the factors behind the continued import of this resource, and an awareness of the economic and political connection between these two countries on opposite sides of the world.
Image: Matthew Galloway, The Ground Swallows You (Part II), installation view. Courtesy of The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, 2017. Photo: John Lake.
St Paul Street Gallery
Date(s) - 23/11/2017 - 09/02/2018