At the heart of a new survey show by artist Angela Tiatia is a video work called Edging and Seaming. On one screen a lone Pasifika woman in Auckland sews baby garments in her garage, while on the screen next to her the same work is being done by migrant labourers in a Chinese factory. This pile of baby clothes is the final consignment for this solitary woman before her job is outsourced to China.
The video speaks to many of Angela’s concerns as an artist; globalization, migration, and the common experience of low-paid workers. It’s also personal. The woman in the video is her mother.