40 MONTHS AGO
After 1 day we're almost 1/4 of the way there! Thank you sooo much for all the kind donations so far. Whether we get there or not it's extremely humbling to know there are people who support this show :)
I got the ok for a show at Fresh Gallery Otara at the end of October. I had a general idea about making art to do with national issues, something similar to what I had done in Japan earlier that year - nuclear disaster, WWII, whaling; the range was pretty broad.
Nicole from Fresh started hitting me up early December about the finer details of the show and then it hit me. I had seen the photo on Instagram of the young boy in the bin during the BRADLEY LANE event held in November, and I remember thinking how crazy it was to see something like that. The next weekend I was volunteering at the annual BROTHERS IN ARMS camp for youth at-risk and I got to hang out with kids directly impacted by social issues. What I wanted to do was more specific than national issues in general. I wanted to make art that drew attention to social issues affecting our youth here in Aotearoa with the hope of making a positive difference!
I have to give credit to my girl for coming up with the name for the show. I told her my idea for the show and suggestion for a name, which she said was lame and I knew it was. She had been reading something about Dietrich Bonhoeffer the previous day then suggested calling it 'Not To Speak Is To Speak'. It means that seeing some sort of injustice but choosing to do nothing about it means you agree with it. By not speaking out you’ve actually spoken and said, "I don’t care".
It's funny how things fall into place.