• Bena Jackson and Teresa Collins

Working with discarded goods and salvaged materials, Bound in secret knots includes new sculptural and moving image works by Pōneke Wellington-based artists Bena Jackson and Teresa Collins.

Jackson and Collins’ new project departs from a self-imposed limitation: to produce an exhibition from discarded goods. The project follows months of engaging with different processes of gathering—from requesting scraps from local businesses and collecting from public pavements, to making use of online forums, and a public call for unwanted items held at Enjoy in July 2020. The use of found materials extends to the small details; used nails and screws found in a cup in the gallery’s storeroom, and holes patched with plastic straws.

Looking towards the informal networks within which objects circulate, the artists consider cycles of consumption under advanced capitalism, proposing playful, unlikely uses for what would otherwise be consigned to waste. Jackson and Collins remain sensitive to the affective charge many of their materials may have held, or still hold, for their former owners, while proposing new routes for meaning making and storytelling. The installation enquires into forms of assigned value and to spaces where alternatives to a monetary economy already thrive.

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  • 211 Left Bank
  • Te Aro
  • Pōneke Wellington