Wormhole is an experimental gallery and studio project run by Jordan Davey-Emms (Pākehā).
The first iteration of this project took place on Ngāti Awa whenua in Edgecumbe's Riverslea Mall from February 2022 - November 2023. During this time, Wormhole produced nine exhibitions in collaboration with 26 artists. Wormhole also hosted a number of events relating to exhibitions and seasonal celebrations, and facilitated a mural project at the mall's Rata Ave entrance.
The programme prioritised Māori and/or queer artists, and the development of a personal curatorial approach centred in relationship building, partnership, and reciprocity.
Wormhole's aims and values are ever-branching and evolving. Here is one of Jordan's first attempts at summarising the Wormhole vision:
The idea with Wormhole is to establish a structure that serves the artists we work with and welcomes the community in. Wormhole strives to create a friendly environment for talking about and experiencing art. This is a place where ideas can be explored, supported, shared and recorded, where artists are paid, and where criticality and independence are possible. The goal is to offer an experimental platform for challenging, exciting art in the Whakatāne District.
You can read more about the initial vision for the space over on Vernacular Criticism.
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