Right of Way

Right of Way

  • Artist

    Janet Lilo

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    three-channel video, high definition (HD), 16:9, colour, silent

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2019

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    09 Sep 2019

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Collection


  • Chartwell Notes


    Lilo’s multimedia installation Right of Way, 2013 in the 5th Auckland Triennial responds to the exhibition’s theme through the rituals and practices of a neighbourhood. The installation explores the concept of neighbourhood as a site of intersecting social, historical and cultural relationships that bind communities. 


    Woven through the installation is a soundscape of a suburban street – music thumping through walls, children playing, cars speeding up driveways interspersed with fluctuating chatter. Composite portraits of neighbours with their faces obscured line the gallery alluding to collective memories past and present. Several picnic tables emerge from the wall and serve as emblems of community, inviting a temporary occupation of the gallery as an extension of the neighbourhood.


    Written for the Auckland Triennial catalogue by Nina Tonga, art historian and Professional Teaching Fellow, Centre for Pacific Studies, The University of Auckland.

Exhibition history

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