The Journey Of A Million Miles Begins With One Step – the Stories of Beyond Refuge
4 up-cycled abandoned boats from Waiheke Island, Washi Origami paper, 2-channel sound, emergency blankets, saris, clay and wood
The Journey is a partnership between Tiffany Singh and the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC) that takes abandoned boats and utilises them as sound shells for refugee stories to be heard in a celebration of tolerance and diversity. Communicating real experiences is a way to humanise the politicisation of immigration within New Zealand and elsewhere and strengthen conversations around resettlement. Singh hopes that communicating personal stories is a way to redefine understanding of what it means to be a part of a community that comprises the settled and resettled. The work highlights the partner’s belief that sharing an important issue, whether it be a social, historical or political, can bring about change through the persuasiveness of a shared voice.
The refugee stories have been generously brought to life by Jennifer Ward Lealand, Michael Hurst, Lynn Freeman, Wallace Chapman, Frankie Stevens, Jesse Mulligan, Jaqui Clarke, Victor Rodger & John Hawkesby.
born 1978, Auckland
Lives and works in Auckland
Tiffany Singh is devoted to social practice, with outcomes that often materialise as Installations. Since 2008 Singh has worked on sustainable community outreach projects, focusing on works involving public participation that have community building and well-being as their primary objective. Her art practice is founded in the belief that art is a tool for cultural preservation, education, awareness and empowerment.
Singh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Art, The University of Auckland. The Human Rights Commission gave her an award for the public project, Fly Me Up To Where You Are, part of the Auckland Festival and at other locations in 2013. She exhibited two major site specific projects as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012) and Medi(t)ation: Contemporary Asian Art Biennial, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2011).