28 May – 2 October 2022
In recent years, the dystopian plotlines of page and screen have collided with some of the realities of a world navigating a pandemic, conflict and uncertainty. Christopher Ulutupu sees parallels between these ‘end of days’ narratives and the post-colonial discourse of dismantling capitalism, using his new work, The Fall, to simply ask ‘what happens when it all falls away?’.
Made while on residency in Ōtepoti Dunedin, The Fall builds on Ulutupu’s practice of creating rich, performative works that hinge between the intimate and surreal. Set against landscapes and landmarks from across Ōtepoti and Te Waipounamu, he weaves his personal experiences, whānau, and popular culture together to speculate on what post-capitalism might look like. Composed as a series of interconnected chapters, The Fall continues Ulutupu’s interest in interrogating and disrupting historical representations of Pacific peoples and landscapes. An immersive and cinematic experience, this significant new work provides an opportunity to reflect on what might endure, collapse, or indeed triumph, in the wake of chaos, instability and change.