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17/09/2022 - 04/12/2022

New Work - Film


Natasha Tontey - Garden Amidst the Flame

Thu-Sun: 12-5pm

Auto Italia presents Garden Amidst the Flame,a newly commissioned moving image work and the first UK solo exhibition by Indonesian artist Natasha Tontey.

The film continues Tontey’s ongoing research into the ancient knowledge, technologies and cosmology of the Minahasa, an Indigenous nation in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia. Drawing on her experience of the karai ceremony, which grants Minahasan warriors an armour of invincibility, the artist seeks to establish a queering approach towards gender, youth and ecology.

Garden Amidst the Flame is commissioned by Auto Italia, London in partnership with La Becque, Tour-de-Peilz; Stroom Den Haag, The Hague and Shedhalle, Zurich, with support from the Governance of North Sulawesi, Bank SulutGo, and the Department of Tourism and Culture of North Sulawesi.


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