Director and Editor
Pauline Autet is an independent curator, editor and project manager. Based in France since 2016, Pauline founded and continues to run Contemporary HUM in collaboration with other New Zealanders based in Europe and beyond. She previously worked at City Gallery Wellington, 30upstairs Gallery and co-founded the nomadic gallery Elbowroom. Following her experience as attendent of the New Zealand pavilion at the Venice Biennale for Simon Denny’s Secret Power exhibition in 2015, she thought something could be done to bridge the gap between Aotearoa and the wider art world and developed HUM. As a freelance arts professional in Paris, she works with the New Zealand and French art scenes concurrently. Within a collaboration between the Pernod Ricard Foundation and the French Ministry of Culture she is in charge of the editorial platform TextWork. She also coordinates Trampoline, a non-profit initiative created by a group of private organisations in France to promote the international visibility of the French art scene.
PR and Communications Manager
Genista Jurgens is an art writer and visual researcher originally from Hokianga, Aotearoa, NZ, and is currently based in Portugal. After graduating from Elam School of Fine Arts (2007), she co-founded and managed the artist-run space Cross Street Studios in Auckland (2007-10), co-organised the arts and craft market Craftwerk (2007-09), and worked in advertising and film and television. Genista spent six years in Berlin (2011-17), where she was a copywriter for commercial directors and small businesses, and a contributor to various online art publications including Format Magazine and Ocula. She joined the HUM team in 2018, providing PR, administration, digital marketing and graphic design support.
Special Projects Coordinator
Hannah Murray coordinates HUM's special projects while working in the museum and gallery sector in London. She currently works as Registrar for Tate, after working at the Royal Academy of Arts. Hannah joined Contemporary HUM in 2017 after having acted as an Exhibition Attendant at the New Zealand Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. Having relocated to the UK, Hannah was interested in encouraging discussion of New Zealand artists working abroad and supporting Aotearoa arts internationally. Prior to living in London, Hannah was the Loans Officer at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira and also worked and volunteered in a variety of Auckland galleries including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, where she completed one of the Marylyn Mayo internships in 2016. She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship at the University of Canterbury.
Research and Community Manager
Millie Riddell is an art writer and PhD candidate based in Wellington, New Zealand. She has an MA in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specialising in Global Conceptualism. She joined Contemporary HUM in 2019, while completing her MA in London, and continued to work with HUM on her return to Wellington in 2020. She currently works as the Curatorial Assistant at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.
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Amy Weng is an art writer, editor and independent curator based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. She is the founder of Hainamana, a website dedicated to Asian New Zealand contemporary art and culture, and has contributed to publications including Artomity, Circuit, HAMSTER, The Pantograph Punch, Peril and The Spinoff. She was the organiser of the inaugural Asian Aotearoa Artists Hui in 2017, now a nationwide symposium for Asian diaspora artists, and has curated projects at Te Tuhi, Window Gallery, RM, and Meanwhile Gallery.
Catherine Dale is the co-author with Neil Vallelley of Suicide in Public: Emotion in the 21st Century (forthcoming 2022). She has taught widely in Australasia, Europe and Asia. She lives in Tokyo where she teaches poetics, drama, and writing at Tokyo Woman's Christian University. She is a member of several collectives, including Tokyo Study Collective, The Varese Group, and Seasonal Work.
Chloe Lane is a 2021 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow. She earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Florida in 2017. She also has a MA from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University Wellington, and a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. She was the founding publisher and editor of Hue+Cry Journal/Press. Her debut novel The Swimmers was published by Victoria University Press (NZ) in 2020, and she has recently published essays and artist profiles in Art Collector, The Spinoff, Pantograph Punch, Index Magazine, and Subtropics. She currently lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch with her husband and young son.
Frances Loeffler is a curator and writer. She has held positions at a number of arts organisations world-wide, including Oakville Galleries, Toronto, White Cube, London, and the Liverpool Biennial. Artists she has worked with include Senga Nengudi, Etel Adnan, Cosima von Bonin, Christian Marclay, Runa Islam, Haim Steinbach, Allison Katz, Pio Abad, and Shannon Te Ao, among many others. In 2011 she was Guest Researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and in 2009 she was Visiting Curator at the research and commissioning agency Situations in Bristol. She writes frequently for a number of art journals internationally.
Heather Galbraith is a curator, writer and art educator. She is a Professor of Fine Art at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, Toi Rauwharangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University in Wellington. She was recently Managing Curator for SCAPE Public Art in Ōtautahi, Christchurch for three iterations (of a 6-week art in public space season) in 2016, 2017 and 2018. She was commissioner for the 2015 NZ pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Simon Denny: Secret Power, deputy commissioner for Bill Culbert: Front Door Out Back, in 2013, and co-curator for Francis Upritchard: Save Yourself, and deputy commissioner in 2009. Heather has a BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and an MA in Curating and Arts Administration from Goldsmith’s College, London. She worked for seven years as Exhibitions Organiser at Camden Arts Centre, London. Currently she supervises Masters and PhD candidates at Massey University, writes about art, undertakes curatorial projects and commissions and is Mum to a very active 4 year old.
Ane Tonga (Vaini, Kolofo'ou) is an artist, curator and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. She is the inaugural Curator Pacific Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the former Lead Exhibitions Curator at Rotorua Museum Te Whare Taonga. Her research interests are focused on contemporary Pacific art and curatorial practice, lens-based practices and indigenous feminisms. Ane writes for a number of art publications and catalogues with a particular focus on female artists of Māori and Pacific descent. Recent publications include the monograph Te Ringa Rehe – The Legacy of Emily Schuster and Edith Amitunai: Double Take.
Chloe Geoghegan holds a BFA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Art History, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship (UC). She has held curatorial positions at Te Uru gallery (2020-2021), Hocken Collections (2019) and Blue Oyster Art Project Space (2014-17). She has travelled to China and Korea on the CNZ Asia NZ Curators Tour, and to New York for an ICI Curatorial Intensive, and written for several platforms including: Contemporary HUM, Pantograph Punch, Hue & Cry, un Magazine, Journal of Curatorial Studies, On Curating and HAMSTER. She is interested in furthering curatorial discourse around art in Aotearoa through critical writing, exhibiting and publishing.
Matariki Williams, Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki, Ngāti Whakaue, is Pou Hītori Māori Matua | Senior Māori Historian at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and former Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa Tongarewa. With Bridget Reweti she co-founded and co-edited ATE Journal of Māori Art. Her writing has appeared in print and online publications including Art in America, frieze, The Pantograph Punch, ArtZone and The Spinoff. With Stephanie Gibson and Puawai Cairns, she is co-author of Protest Tautohetohe: Objects of Resistance, Persistence and Defiance.
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