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November 2, 2018 10:00AM—March 31, 2019 5:00PM • New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland

Helen Bowater: Carving Water Painting Voice (installation)

Exhibition or installation

Sculpture, music, poetry (Riemke Ensing) and topology (Andrew Caldwell) creatively collide in Carving Water, Painting Voice – an installation by Kazu Nakagawa with sonic composition by Helen Bowater.

Conceived by Kazu Nakagawa, Carving Water, Painting Voice explores the themes of human migration and identity: “our journeys carve water, our languages paint voices”.

“Homesickness is a longing for belonging, the invisible pull – like gravity – of a place against the current of human migration and ongoing journeys. Such uncountable conflicts keep our world never the same.” - Kazu Nakagawa


Kazu Nakagawa’s exquisite sculpture – a remodelled wooden Niuean outrigger canoe and 18 carved paddles, is accompanied by a richly textured composition created by Helen Bowater. Visitors can listen to the voices of more than 50 individuals, many of whom are migrants, sing, speak and narrate in their native language.

Installation | Kazu Nakagawa
Composition | Helen Bowater
Poems | Riemke Ensing
Topologies | Andrew Caldwell

The exhibition runs until end of March.

Start time

November 2, 2018 10:00AM

End time

March 31, 2019 5:00PM


New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland


Cost: Free with museum entry, free museum entry for Auckland residents with proof of address