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.
Hamish Petersen is an organiser of words and people. Born in Nêhiyaw, Siksikaitsitapi, Tsuut’ina, and Métis territory on Turtle Island, and growing up in Waikato Tainui and Ngāi Tūāhurriri whenua in Aotearoa New Zealand, Hamish writes, edits, curates, and organises projects with artists, while working on the land in the British Isles. Their editorial practice has focused on the role of relationships in nurturing a reciprocal, respectful, and enlivening critical culture. Working with artists, publications, and their MA thesis over recent years they have come to consider their writing about art, music, performance, and the land as an act of relation itself; producing relations by writing-with and being-with the world. Hamish joins HUM in 2023 and brings these ideas to help bind together the global community of Aotearoa artists.
Genista Jurgens is an art writer and visual researcher originally from Hokianga, Aotearoa New Zealand, currently living 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 art publications including Format Magazine and Ocula. She joined the HUM team in 2018, providing PR, administration, digital marketing and graphic design support.
Research and Community Manager
Ashley Mackenzie-White is an educator, producer and curator. From Ōtepoti, Aotearoa New Zealand, she currently lives on the River Avon in Wiltshire, UK. In Aotearoa she worked across the GLAM sector including at Te Papa, Manatu Taonga, was a Board Member for the National Digital Forum and part of Kava Club. Since arriving in the UK she has worked in engagement and education roles for Historic England, the National Library of Scotland, Hundred Heroines and the Museum of Gloucester. She is a founding member of Tend Collective for women photographers across the world driven by activism. She is excited about the waves of artists who tell and share our stories across the water and being a part of the HUM whanau. Ko te manu kai i te miro, nōna te ngāhere. Ko te manu kai i te mātauranga, nōna te ao.
Alena Kavka is a writer and art professional, currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau. With an interest in the intersections between contemporary art, public engagement and writing, Alena has experience working across Tāmaki Makaurau’s public art sector, including most recently as Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Te Tuhi. Her writing has been published on the websites of the Auckland Art Gallery and Gus Fisher Gallery, CIRCUIT and Ocula, as well as in the academic journals Afterimage and Knowledge Cultures.
In collaboration with:
Eva Charlton - Graphic design
Sons & Co. - Website
Marie Shannon - Copy-editing
Maria Julia Guichard ; Crème Fraîche - Website and logo
Winsome Wild - Communications
Jess Douglas - Copy-editing
Hannah Murray - Special Projects and Social Media Coordinator
Millie Riddell - Assistant Editor
Isobel Dryburgh - Research and Community Manager
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.
Anne-Marie Te Whiu
Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa) is a poet, editor, cultural producer and weaver based on unceded Gadigal lands in Australia. She has edited works such as Solid Air, Australia and New Zealand Spoken Word Anthology, Whisper Songs by Tony Birch and More Than These Bones by Bebe Backhouse. She is dedicated to platforming the creative output of Indigenous peoples around the world and is especially interested in the rigour of the artistic collective. She was previously the co-director of the Queensland Poetry Festival and was a recipient of The Next Chapter Fellowship through The Wheeler Centre. Her writing has been broadly published in journals, books and magazines such as Another Australia, Sport, Te Whe ki Tukorehe Volume 1, Cordite, Rabbit, Australian Poetry, Tupuranga, Debris, SBS, Running Dog, Ora Nui, In*ter*is*land Collective and Contemporary HUM.
Bruce E. Phillips
Bruce E. Phillips is an independent curator and writer from Aotearoa currently based in Edinburgh. As a curator he has worked with over 200 artists including commissioning works by Tania Bruguera, Ruth Ewan, Rangituhia Hollis, Maddie Leach, William Pope.L, Santiago Sierra, Peter Robinson, Shannon Te Ao, Luke Willis Thompson, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila and Ruth Watson. His writing has been published in ArtAsiaPacific, Artlink Magazine, Art News New Zealand, and in a number of exhibition publications for galleries such as Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Te Tuhi. Long-term research interests include environmentalism, neurodiversity, social psychology and legacies of settler colonialism.
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 the 2022 recipient of the Todd New Writer’s Bursary and a 2021 Grimshaw Sargeson Fellow. Her second novel, Arms & Legs, is out now in Aotearoa (Te Herenga Waka University Press), and will be released in North America (House of Anansi Press) and the UK and Europe (Gallic Books) in 2023. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.
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 young daughter.
Chloe Geoghegan holds a BFA (Hons) in Graphic Design and Art History, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art Curatorship (UC). Currently she is Business Manager for The Physics Room in Christchurch. Prior to this, she was Curator at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Titirangi, Auckland (2020-21) and at Hocken Collections – Uare Taoka o Hakena, Dunedin in 2019. She was Director of Dunedin’s Blue Oyster Art Project Space (2014-17) and co-founded Dog Park artist-run space in post-earthquake Christchurch (2012-14). She has written for several platforms including: Contemporary HUM, Pantograph Punch, Hue & Cry, un Magazine, Journal of Curatorial Studies, On Curating and HAMSTER.
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.
Hiraani Himona (Ngāi Te Whatuiāpiti, Ngāti Rangiwhakāewa and Ngāti Hikarara) has been the Executive Director of Te Tuhi since 2015. She was previously the Deputy Director of the South London Gallery which, like Te Tuhi, offers integrated education and outreach programmes. After gaining a science degree from Massey University she established a career in the arts through a background of providing opportunities for diverse communities. This includes working in Māori development (Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Education), disability (Mental Health Media), gender and sexuality (York Lesbian Arts Festival; Samesame but Different) and youth at risk (Hi8us South).
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