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Simon Denny, Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age

02 October 2021 —
16 January 2022

Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d'Art Moderne, Luxembourg City

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Simon Denny at the 7th Athens Biennale

24 September —
28 November 2021

AB7: Eclipse, Athens, Greece

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Simon Denny, State and Nature

17 July —
31 October 2021

Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany

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Michael Stevenson, The Earth is Flat Again

24 September 2021 —
16 January 2022

MS1 - Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, Poland

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Vivian Lynn / Liliane Lijn

By Laura Castagnini

07.10.2021

Following her death in 2018, pioneering feminist artist Vivian Lynn is receiving unprecedented international attention, after a lifetime of exhibiting widely in Aotearoa, but never outside of New Zealand. Following her recent inclusion in the 13th Gwangju Biennale and a solo exhibition at Southard Reid, London, Laura Castagnini reflects on the long-overdue revival of feminist art practices from the 1980s, and considers the striking parallels between Lynn’s work and her London-based counterpart, Liliane Lijn. 

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Sriwhana Spong, The Poem is a Temple

11 September —
27 November 2021

Western Front Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

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Virginia Leonard, Officine Saffi Award 4

07 September —
07 November 2021

Via Aurelio Saffi, Milan, Italy

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Simon Denny, Proof of Stake - Technological Claims

04 September —
14 November 2021

Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany

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Forever Fresh Talanoa Series

By Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Ariana Davis, Jaimie Waititi, Jessica Palalagi

25.09.2021

The final episode in our four-part talanoa series, produced in collaboration with In*ter*is*land Collective, sees writer and poet Anne-Marie Te Whiu respond to a discussion between Ariana Davis, Jessica Palalagi and Jaimie Waititi as they explore the idea of ReMoanafication, individual and collective connections, and reclaiming narratives.

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They Call Me The Believer

By Habib William Kherbek

21.09.2021

Michael Stevenson’s retrospective at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, traces a 35 year practice exploring the intricacies of storytelling and truth in popular culture, media and technology. In this piece, Habib William Kherbek explores how Stevenson’s practice calls into question the infrastructures of knowledge formation in a sprawling, fragmented exhibition from inside the belly of a whale. 

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On Civicness and participating in public life through art practice

Panel discussion in Berlin

On 2 October 2021, Contemporary HUM continues its series of panel discussions, this time focusing on Aotearoa’s large artist contingent in Berlin, and throughout Europe. 

This conversation will explore the idea of ‘civicness’ and how it is tied to social responsibility within a global community, taken from the perspective of three artists from Aotearoa who are actively taking part in public life through their practice. What does collective work or cooperation with others allow in contrast to an individual practice, and is authorship important in a collaborative project? What does a site-specific response look like when working in situ within vastly different contexts, from art institutions and public theatres to the NFT market? Is there a relation to be traced between civicness and social change and what tools can be used when attempting to rethink power relations? 

Guest speakers include Glasgow-based Cat Auburn; Berlin-based Ruth Buchanan; and Warsaw-based Daniel Malone. HUM’s Editor Pauline Autet will be moderating. 

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Directions in Art Publishing during Covid-19

By Freya Copeland

10.09.2021

Reflecting on the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world of independent book publishing, artist, curator and co-founder of Berlin-based Replika Publishing, Freya Copeland writes on the history of artists’ books and the role of independent publishing. She considers the lessons the industry can learn after a year and a half without art book fairs—usually an essential opportunity for publishers to meet collaborators, distributors and other publishers, and how the world of art book publishing might evolve going forward. 

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Oscar Enberg, Domestic Drama

03 December 2021 —
20 February 2022

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, Graz, Austria

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Salome Tanuvasa, Golden Daughters of the Sun

08 October —
31 October 2021

Kunstraum London, UK

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Natasha Matila-Smith, Deme Te Atawhai Scott, Salome Tanuvasa and Yvonne Todd

16 July —
14 November 2021

Paul Ramsay Galleries and ANZ/Zauner Grand Foyer, MAMA, Albury, Australia

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Estella Castle, Land in the Bend of the River

12 June —
18 December 2021

Egham Museum, Egham, UK

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On Louise Stevenson's 'Someplace Else'

By Chris Holdaway

24.08.2021

In Someplace Else, Louise Stevenson chronicles her complex and unfolding relationship with Hungary, travelling back and forth from Aotearoa since her first visit in 1991. In this elaborate, handbound mixed media book, Stevenson traces decades of travel with careful preservation of ephemera, annotating ticket stubs and found photographs with her own drawings and writing. In this piece, poet and bookmaker Chris Holdaway considers the memories that inhere in overlooked items, repurposed carefully by Stevenson as talismans of place and the passage of time.

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Greg Semu, Kalisolaite ‘Uhila and Edith Amituanai at the Biennale Jogja XVI

06 October —
14 November 2021

Biennale Jogja, Indonesia

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Talk, Protest, Revolt

By Frances Loeffler

06.08.2021

In the 2021 documentary Revolt She Said, filmmaker Louise Lever traces the histories and critical concerns of feminist movements in Aotearoa. Frances Loeffler reflects on the complex questions raised by the film and the impact of recent feminist movements in the art world. 

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Israel Birch, Nikau Hindin, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Nova Paul and Rachael Rakena at Naadohbii: To Draw Water

14 August 2021 —
17 February 2022

WAG-Qaumajuq, Winnipeg Art Gallery, Canada

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Yuki Kihara, John Pule and Ngahina Hohaia at PAN: The Pan-Austro-Nesian Arts Festival

17 July —
31 October 2021

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

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Anna Korver at the Tuwaiq International Sculpture Symposium

10 November —
02 December 2021

Riyadh Art, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Plant Data

By Alice Bonnot

22.07.2021

Porto-based New Zealand artist Yota Ayaan investigates the possibilities of human-plant communication in Plant Data, an exhibition at the Galeria da Biodiversidade, Centro Ciência Viva, in Porto’s Botanical garden. After visiting the show, writer and curator Alice Bonnot discusses here the urgent lessons that can be gleaned from it in the current climate crisis.

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Christina Pataialii at the New Museum Triennial

27 October 2021 —
23 January 2022

The New Museum, New York, U.S.A.

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Robin White and Angela Tiata, Matisse Alive

01 October 2021 —
01 October 2022

Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney, Australia

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Virginia Leonard, Odd & Even

05 September —
28 November 2021

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France

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Charting the Constellations of the Oceans, Rivers, and Islands

By Julie Nagam

09.07.2021

As the inaugural Artistic Director for Nuit Blanche Toronto (2020 and 2022), Dr Julie Nagam is interested in forging new relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, in Turtle Island (North America) and internationally, and in the use of digital and new media to express shared experiences of colonialism. Here, Nagam introduces several recent projects undertaken in collaboration with artists and curators from Aotearoa and the new global partnership The Space Between Us, emerging from these cross-cultural exchanges.

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Shannon Novak at the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art

04 December 2021 —
25 April 2022

Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

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Some Kind of Travelogue

By Esther Lu

18.06.2021

Aotearoa-based artist Sorawit Songsataya’s practice explores the many tangents that connect and redefine our understandings of subjectivity and ecology. Songsataya was invited to participate in the group show, The Turn of the Fifth Age, at Selasar Sunaryo Art Space in Bandung, Indonesia, earlier this year, where they exhibited their work Jupiter. Here, co-curator Esther Lu responds to that work.