Curated by Holly Best as part of our emerging artist series, Uncomfortable Silence considers how we look, and why that can leave us vulnerable, whilst also critiquing what it is to make and exhibit work within the institution of a public art gallery.

Ms Best says the works on display are both enigmatic and unsettling. “These artists place the audience in an uncomfortable position, and ask the viewer to engage with the inexplicable and problematic.”

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū has a tradition of supporting the work of young and emerging artists by curating group exhibitions.