Quiet Gestures, Gift Exchange, and Public Formations

The Work of D.A.N.C.E. Art Club and Public Share

Authored by: Lana Lopesi

The Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm

Print publication date:  October  2020
Online publication date:  October  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138325302
eBook ISBN: 9780429450471
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It is often said that our ways of being in this part of the world, Aotearoa New Zealand, are somewhat understated in comparison to larger centres such as the United States or Europe. The New Zealand way of doing things in many senses is to deflect attention and to fly under the radar. We work hard but do not strive for the acknowledgement that comes with it, we just get on and do it, with a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude. It is interesting to think about quests for justice and social change here in Aotearoa, which require a need to be loud and to be heard. While social justice movements here, in the form of marches, perhaps supports that category, social justice can also take place in quieter and equally powerful ways.

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