Andrew Drummond

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

Filter Action, Aramoana

  • 1980
  • Inkjet on archival paper
  • Purchased 2007
  • 750 x 1939mm
  • 2007/024

Aotearoa New Zealand has a long tradition of environmental protest, often centred on the shoreline and with artists at the forefront. Aramoana, near the entrance to Otago Harbour, was proposed as the site of a large aluminium smelter by a New Zealand and foreign-owned consortium in the 1970s. The Save Aramoana Campaign was formed in 1974 and involved many well-known artists. The smelter proposal was eventually abandoned and the saltmarshes designated as a reserve.

In 1982, Andrew Drummond’s 1980 performance Filter Action, Aramoana referenced the area’s importance as a filter bed. By burying a sheep kidney in the saltmarshes, he connected them with the body’s own filtering mechanism.

(Te Wheke, 2020)

Exhibition History