Tiffany Singh: A Collective Voice

CoCA presents a solo exhibition by Auckland-based artist Tiffany Singh featuring two recent large-scale installations.

Singh's expansive socially engaged artworks are influenced by Eastern and Western spiritual beliefs and the potential of art for promoting mindfulness and empathy.

OM MANI PADME HUM, installed in the North Galleries, is immersive - over 1500 metres of silk ribbon installed ceiling-to-floor create an all-encompassing colourful spectrum. With handmade fair trade bells adorning the bottom, each ribbon has the Buddhist mantra ‘om mani padme hum’ printed on it, referring to compassion and love for all things. The mantra was gifted to Singh for this work by her Buddhist teacher, Geshe Wangchen, and a recording of the mantra reverberates throughout the space.


Taking over the Mair Gallery is The Journey of a Million Miles Begins with One Step, both an expansive installation and an ambitious oral history project. Nestled amongst the boats acting as sound shells, you will hear pre-collected stories of people’s migration to Aotearoa, with new audio collected from local migrants. The fifth boat acts as an interactive element, and invites the audience to share their own migration stories, and listen to the stories of other visitors collected throughout the exhibition. In what is a charged political context both globally and nationally, by sharing these personal stories Singh hopes to encourage understanding and compassion across identities and experiences, and explores what it means to exist within a community comprised of both the settled and re-settled.

The Artist

  • Tiffany Singh
    Tiffany Singh
    Auckland

    Tiffany Singh has exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally. Her large-scale installations and collaborative works have featured in galleries Museums and Festivals such as the Auckland Arts Festival; the Auckland Art Gallery; the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); Medi(t)ation: Contemporary Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2011). Papakura Art Gallery; Govett Brewster, New Plymouth; and Artspace, Auckland. She has also undertaken residencies at the McCahon House in Titirangi and at the Montalvo Arts Centre in California. OM MANI PADME HUM was first exhibited at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and The Journey Of A Million Miles Begins With One Step was created for the 2017 Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island. Singh was awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation New Generation Award.

Tiffany Singh
Auckland

Tiffany Singh has exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally. Her large-scale installations and collaborative works have featured in galleries Museums and Festivals such as the Auckland Arts Festival; the Auckland Art Gallery; the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); Medi(t)ation: Contemporary Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2011). Papakura Art Gallery; Govett Brewster, New Plymouth; and Artspace, Auckland. She has also undertaken residencies at the McCahon House in Titirangi and at the Montalvo Arts Centre in California. OM MANI PADME HUM was first exhibited at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and The Journey Of A Million Miles Begins With One Step was created for the 2017 Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island. Singh was awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation New Generation Award.

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Tiffany Singh, The Journey of a Million Miles Begins with One Step, 2017. Image: Pete Rees

Tiffany Singh, The Journey of a Million Miles Begins with One Step, 2017. Image: Pete Rees

The Journey of a Million Miles Begins with One Step, Tiffany Singh
More about this artwork

Originally created for Headland Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island before heading to the Auckland Maritime Museum, Journey of a Million Miles is both an expansive installation and an oral history project, collecting and re-sharing personal stories of migration and resettlement in New Zealand. Four intricately-decorated dinghies found abandoned on Waiheke act as sound shells projecting pre-collected stories of migration, with a fifth boat containing an interactive element in which the audience is invited to listen to and share their own migration stories.

Tiffany Singh, OM MANI PADME HUM (detail), 2016, ribbon and fair-trade bells. Image courtesy of the artist and Dunedin Public Art Gallery

Tiffany Singh, OM MANI PADME HUM (detail), 2016, ribbon and fair-trade bells. Image courtesy of the artist and Dunedin Public Art Gallery

OM MANI PADME HUM, Tiffany Singh
More about this artwork

OM MANI PADME HUM was originally commissioned by the Dunedin Public Art Gallery for their ‘Big Wall’ in 2017. An immense installation, OM MANI PADME HUM consists of over 1500 metres of silk ribbon hung to create an immersive colourful spectrum in the two contained North Voids. With hand-tuned fair trade bells adorning the bottom, each ribbon is printed with the Buddhist mantra ‘om mani padme hum’, referring to compassion and love for all things. The mantra was gifted to Singh for this work by her Buddhist teacher, Geshe Wangchen.

Tiffany Singh has exhibited throughout New Zealand and internationally. Her large-scale installations and collaborative works have featured in galleries Museums and Festivals such as the Auckland Arts Festival; the Auckland Art Gallery; the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012); Medi(t)ation: Contemporary Asian Art Biennial at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2011). Papakura Art Gallery; Govett Brewster, New Plymouth; and Artspace, Auckland. She has also undertaken residencies at the McCahon House in Titirangi and at the Montalvo Arts Centre in California. OM MANI PADME HUM was first exhibited at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and The Journey Of A Million Miles Begins With One Step was created for the 2017 Headlands Sculpture on the Gulf on Waiheke Island. Singh was awarded the 2017 Arts Foundation New Generation Award.