Sriwhana Spong

Auckland / Berlin


An artist of New Zealand and Indonesian descent, Sriwana Spong’s early work explores histories and culture through the lens of perceived otherness with regards to a Western exoticisation of the East. These explorations into the nebulous nature of what it might mean to hover between places have led to more recent works that directly explore the body and its relationship to history, place and time.

Spong has developed a specific interest in dance and frequently employs aspects of this medium for its ephemeral nature, carrying with it both a sense of loss and potency of the present.

Selected Exhibitions:

2015: 24 Frames Per Second, Carriageworks, Sydney (group)

2013: Taking form, with Agatha Gothe-Snape, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

2012: The Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland (solo) / 18th Biennale of Sydney: all our relations, Cockatoo Island, Sydney, Australia (solo) / Sriwhana Spong, Neuer Kunstverein, Vienna (solo) / The Purple Blotter, Michael Lett, Auckland (solo) / Raiding the Archives, Bangkok Experimental Film Festival 6, Thai Film Archive, Bangkok (film screening)

2011: Rencontres Internationales, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (film screening) / Prospect, New Zealand Art Now, City Gallery, Wellington (group) / Christian Jankowski, Richard Maloy, Sriwhana Spong, Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland (group) / Collecting Contemporary, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington (group) / Fanta Silver and Song, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne, Australia (solo)

2010: Dancing Celestial, Physics Room, Christchurch (solo) / Scene Shifts, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden (group) / Exhibitions, Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland (group) / Discreet Objects, Utopian Slumps, Melbourne, Australia (group) / Lethe-wards, Arts Statements, Art Basel (solo) / Channeling Mr B, Michael Lett, Auckland (solo)

2009: New World Records, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (group) / For Keeps, Sampling Recent Acquisitions 2006-2009, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland (group) / Tactical Support: Curator’s Choice, Tracy Williams Ltd, New York (group)

Sriwhana Spong

Sriwhana Spong’s new work for Sculpture on the Gulf is supported by Creative New Zealand