Te Whare Hēra’s Soraya Rhofir opens exhibition
The French artist’s exhibition, Rough Rough, is on display at Massey University’s Wellington gallery The Engine Room until August 25.
Rough Rough is an exhibition of new works by Soraya Rhofir developed during her artist residency in Wellington. From a practice based in collage, clip art, and immersive installation, Soraya Rhofir has expanded into new mediums such as 3D inflatable works, carved foam sculpture and printed textile banners.
Reinterpreting elements of New Zealand everyday culture mixed with a cosmic perspective, she describes the works as "...an ensemble, a palette constructed as a collage, each piece opens to a dimension of ’rough’ : its vulnerability, its flexibility, its lightness...the pieces are nomadic, openings to another event horizon made of fabric, foam and wire."
Soraya Rhofir has had solo exhibitions at Les Eglises in the city of Chelles (2013) and at Parc Saint-Léger, in Pougues-les-Eaux (2012). She was short-listed for the 2010 Prix Ricard art prize for artists under 40 in Paris, and for the international short list at Present-Future Artissima Turin International Art Fair in 2014.
Soraya Rhofir’s residency is supported by the French Embassy in New Zealand. Te Whare Hēra and French Artists is a special initiative enabling artists from France to participate in the Te Whare Hēra residency programme in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
2 – 25 August
Tuesday – Saturday 12 - 4pm
The Engine Room is located in Block 1 within Massey University’s central Wellington campus. It’s a short walk from the Museum Building (Block 10) or road access is from via Entrance C, Wallace Street.