• Claudia Kogachi

Friction and fun as mother and daughter compete in a variety of sports, in a series of new portraits by Claudia Kogachi.

There’s No I In Team by Kogachi will feature a series of new paintings on panel that depict the artist and her mother playing a number of sports – it builds upon a wonderful earlier series in which Kogachi explored the dynamics of family conflict through images of the pair competing in various sporting events set in domestic spaces. Shifting from a sense of conflict to a spirit of friendly competition with her mother, Kogachi's new works use the lens of portraiture to further explore the complex and tender psychological relationship between mothers and daughters, rendered cartoon-like in delightfully awkward angles and inviting bright colours.

There’s No I In Team also turns Kogachi’s art itself into a team sport, inviting visitors to colour in her hand-painted wall mural and to watch the action from ball-shaped furniture.

There’s No I In Team is part of the Face to Face: Portrait Festival, which brings together nine dealer galleries and five public galleries in a unique collaboration to showcase work by some of Aoetearoa’s portrait artists. Taking place between 27-30 May in Wellington, the festival aims to demystify and increase access to contemporary art. Participating galleries are Adam Art Gallery, AVID Gallery, Bartley & Company Art, Bowen Galleries, City Gallery Wellington, The Dowse Art Museum, Hamish McKay Gallery, Jhana Millers Gallery, McLeavey Gallery, New Zealand Portrait Gallery, Page Galleries, {Suite}, Solander Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa and Toi Māori Aotearoa.

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  • Lower Hutt, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington