In association with ST PAUL St Gallery, AUT University (Auckland), RAMP presents 'This Home is Occupied', a project documenting the social and political history of state housing in Aotearoa, New Zealand.
This extensive project is the culmination of a research collaboration between: ST PAUL St Gallery; their 2014 Research Fellow, Kyoto-based cultural worker Sakiko Sugawa; and activist and artist Ella Grace McPherson-Newton. Ella Grace is an active member of the
Tamaki Housing Group, a community group formed in 2011 to defend against state housing evictions in Glen Innes, Auckland. While Sakiko and Ella responded to the real issues faced by the community of Glen Innes, the project also investigates how art and activism can supplement each other in fighting for social justice.
'This Home is Occupied' presents significant archival information documenting historical shifts in the public and political perceptions of state housing in Aotearoa, recording present day moves to commodify state housing, especially in areas where land is perceived as valuable.
At RAMP, 'This Home is Occupied' will also explore issues around state housing in the Waikato. For more information on the public programme related to this exhibition, visit our events page, or sign up to our mailing list
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This Home is Occupied
12 Mar - 2 Apr, 2015
Opening preview: Wed 11 Mar, 5-7pm