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Visual Arts

March 4, 2019

Nothing usually gets between me and my Cozy Cake Kitchen chips, but last week, one incredible gallery window display stopped me in my tracks. Hariata Ropata Tangahoe’s A Post Colonial Fantasy exhibition at Bowen Gallery is so utterly gorgeous that I wish I could forget it, just so I can see it all over again. […]

October 1, 2018

There is an ache to spring that I feel when I notice the flowers starting to bloom along the Hutt highway. Falling towards the sun. First swim of the season, when it’s not warm enough yet. You get a haircut. Here are some things to fill the afternoons that get longer. The Future is Death […]

September 24, 2018

“While the notion of a collective identity centred on Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is reminiscent of a pre-colonial world, it is perhaps also an imagination enabled by a connectedness made possible both through our uptake of new technology and our ability to be mobile again.” – False Divides, Lana Lopesi The exhibition text for a temple, a […]

September 17, 2018

Whenever I have a small wound, maybe a pin prick or a scab that I’ve peeled off too soon, I watch the blood blossom, slightly delayed, out of it. I press on the wound firmly, until the skin around it goes white, then release my finger and enjoy the redness flooding back into my flesh. […]

August 20, 2018

In her book Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag writes that a “novel insistence on good taste in a culture saturated with commercial incentives to lower standards of taste may be puzzling”. Sontag was writing in the context of depicting atrocity, but somehow, the dictate of “good taste” tends to prevail in our society: […]

August 6, 2018

What initially seemed to be a rather sensational title for an exhibition about hair proved to be entirely apt: the themes of Death and Desire interlace and tie various items from the Turnbull collections together like a neat braid. Though hair is not usually included under the “human remains” label, the surprising amount of this […]

July 30, 2018

Here are some exhibitions and events that I have not seen yet, but that are exciting and intriguing. Use a moment before deadlines to catch a couple of these, and I will follow my own advice and do the same. Pleasure and vexation— the strata and spectacle of history at Pātaka, until 19 August Danie […]

July 23, 2018

Accidentally, between this week and last, this section has become a two-part discussion of No Common Ground. In Ella Sutherland’s current exhibition at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Margins & Satellites, she explores what she calls “a queering of mechanical reproduction”. Sutherland has created a series of silk-screened images that borrow from the typography and design […]

July 16, 2018

Hard to Handle Feminism is something that is necessarily impossible to isolate from other matrices of power, but also something that can subsume indigenous modes of being, and methods of resistance, into a narrative that is too general, and thus, reductive. With this in mind, I want to think about a common theme that emerged […]

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