Lead us outside, lead us out quietly
16 April – 10 May, 2014
The often overlooked spaces of industrial areas and failed development sites are examined in Auckland artist Talia Smith’s first solo exhibition, Lead us outside, lead us out quietly at Enjoy Gallery, Wellington. Through photography, video and a publication the exhibition examines what happens to such spaces when their intended function is abandoned.
Conditioned by economic decline, these sites now seem to have only a transitional present or future and have begun to be retaken by nature. These places are neither glamorous nor beautiful, but there is something within each overlooked and overgrown blade of grass that resonates.
This video uses footage from the exhibition Lead us outside, lead us out quietly and an excerpt from a conversation between artist Talia Smith and curator Emma Ng.