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AuthorJane Wallace

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May 26, 2018

Recently, at an artist talk I went to by Ngahuia Harrison (Ngātiwai, Ngāpuhi), in conjunction with her exhibition at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, I huti a Manaia i te ika and his heart was broken, she said now there is not enough kaimoana in the Whangarei Harbour to feed the community, that this, for her […]

May 14, 2018

There’s something about the climate we live in that has caused a sprouting of contemporary jewellery exhibitions. It is often easy to detect trends in contemporary art practice and decode the conditions that have led to their proliferation. From the end of last year until the present, we have seen The Language of Things, currently […]

May 7, 2018

If you miss me, let me know at MEANWHILE, until 19 May, free entry Natasha Matila-Smith, Talia Smith As MEANWHILE have noted in their press release for this show, there is a sense of isolation that tends to characterise the contemporary experience. Natasha Matila-Smith and Talia Smith’s exhibition will interrogate how sociopolitical factors influence this, […]

April 16, 2018

MEANWHILE is an artist-run initiative on Willis Street, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and is facilitated by Laura Duffy, Sean Burn, Dilohana Lekamge, Jordana Bragg, and Simon Gennard. Laura, Sean, and Dilohana generously talked to me about what MEANWHILE is and will become. The ability to be constantly changing is how I best understand the philosophy of MEANWHILE. […]

April 9, 2018

I feel like I am always watching all my most familiar and favourite places closing down. I feel this acutely when I visit Fiona Connor’s exhibition Closed Down Clubs and Monochromes at Hopkinson Mossman. The part of the exhibition that half its title is taken from, the closed down clubs, is a series of vacated […]

March 19, 2018

A weekend ago, I went and listened to Teju Cole speak about his photo book Blind Spot. I have learned a lot from Teju Cole already— his collection of photography is one that I read paragraphs out of for people close to me, and sometimes strangers, all the time. I have a deep appreciation for […]

March 12, 2018

Cate Blanchett reads out thirteen different text assemblages, combining a mass of artistic manifestos, rearranged by Julian Rosefeldt for his project Manifesto. These text assemblages are every callous or triumphant sentiment that art has spat out in our last century. This project is split over thirteen different screens, hovering panels in the Auckland Art Gallery, […]

March 5, 2018

This week there are some gallery doors closing, and others opening. It is hard to arrange thoughts when you’re in between, so here are some magnetic events and exhibitions to fill in these spaces. Hardening at Enjoy Public Art Gallery, until 10 March, free entry Aliyah Winter stands in a white garment, in an echoing […]

February 26, 2018

Tourist debris is a strange thing— both components are of an unfixed location. Debris, a disintegration of something left behind, and the tourist, who may only belong nowhere. One is only ever a tourist while displaced, yet conscious of it, and embracing this displacement. So, when he leaves traces of his presence, these objects escape […]