Light-heartedness is found in various works. Stationed behind The Cloud, not far from Michael Parekowhai’s infamous Lighthouse, Jade Parks’ Camper Project gently burlesques New Zealand’s tourism industry, campervan culture, and do-it-yourself ethos, while genuinely testifying to the artist’s resourcefulness. Anonymous artist PĀNiA! picks up on the ‘avenue’ layout of the 2018 Fair, creating a series of Sticky Tape Tāniko signs that direct visitors up to Piki Mai and her presentation there with artist-run space Mokopōpaki.
With a panoply of art works by emerging and more established artists of Māori, Pākehā, Pacific Island, and Asian heritage, Projects 2018 plugs into a central objective of the Auckland Art Fair: to develop connections between artists, dealers, and members of the general public from Aotearoa and abroad. If art fairs are characterised by partitions for the display and sale of art, they can also contribute to the breaking down of barriers, and indeed must strive to do so in the face of the misguided wall-builders of the world.
- Francis McWhannell, co-curator of Projects 2018