Biennials

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An interview with Yuki Kihara

By Contemporary HUM

24.05.2022

In the opening week of the 2022 Biennale di Venezia, HUM sat down with the artist representing Aotearoa, Yuki Kihara, to discuss her exhibition Paradise Camp, and what it means to bring a Pasifika, Fa'afafine voice to the international audience of this major event.

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An interview with the curators of 'Paradise Camp'

By Contemporary HUM, Ioana Gordon-Smith, Natalie King

24.05.2022

In the opening week of the 2022 Biennale di Venezia, HUM sat down with the Aotearoa New Zealand pavilion’s Curator, Natalie King, and Assistant Pasifika Curator Ioana-Gordon Smith, to talk about bringing Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp to Venice.

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Le Moana Arts, 'Shel We' by Tupua Tigafua

17 May —
22 May 2022

BIBU Biennial, Helsingborg, Sweden

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HUM live from the 2022 Venice Biennale

By Contemporary HUM

24.04.2022

From 20 - 24 April 2022, HUM brings you live coverage, exclusive images and videos from the opening week of The Milk of Dreams, The 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, including Yuki Kihara's Paradise Camp for the New Zealand Pavilion. Stay tuned!

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HUM live from the Venice Biennale

Updates from the vernissage

For the past three editions, the HUM team has attended the vernissage of La Biennale di Venezia in Italy. We bring you live coverage during the opening week, not only from the official New Zealand pavilion, but also from collateral events featuring artists from Aotearoa. In addition to daily posting blog entries, videos and images, we also publish exclusive interviews with some of the New Zealand artists and arts practitioners involved in putting together this major international event. 

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Yuki Kihara at the 59th Venice Biennale

Partnership

Small island ecologies, climate change, queer rights, Gauguin’s gaze, intersectionality and decolonization; these are just some of the topics explored by interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara in her project Paradise Camp, representing New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale in Italy. HUM is proud to be a media partner of this exciting project, open to the public from 23 April - 27 November 2022.

Writing

Reimagined Futures

By Johanna Bear

23.03.2022

Featuring work from Aotearoa artists Edith Amituanai, Brian Fuata, Christina Pataialii, Shannon Novak and Shannon Te Ao as well as collaborators from Aotearoa in the project Kā Paroro o Haumumu: Coastal Flows / Coastal Incursions, this piece from writer and curator Johanna Bear considers the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial’s celebration of Indigenous futures, collaborative and community-based practices, and new ways of understanding the world around us. 

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Naahdohbii: To Draw Water & What It Means To Come Together

By Franchesca Hebert-Spence

10.03.2022

Featuring Aotearoa artists Israel Birch, Nikau Hindin, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Nova Paul, Rachel Rakena and Keri Whaitiri, the inaugural Indigenous Triennial at the Winnipeg Art Gallery/Qaumajuq (WAG/Q) in Winnipeg, Naadohbii: To Draw Water, presents a collaborative curatorial approach to Indigenous artists’ work—Franchesca Hebert-Spence visits the exhibition and talks to the curators about the curatorial process, the opportunities offered through cross-cultural exchange, and the adherence to the specificities of place and history fostered through the exhibition.

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Pacific Sisters and Ahilapalapa Rands in the Hawaii Triennial 2022

18 February —
08 May 2022

Hawaii Contemporary, Honolulu, Hawaii

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Mata Aho Collective at the Toronto Biennial of Art

26 March —
05 June 2022

Arsenal Contemporary Art Toronto, Canada

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Nikau Hindin, John Pule, and Rosanna Raymond at the 4th Kathmandu Triennale

01 March —
31 March 2022

Patan Museum, Bahadur Shah Baithak, Nepal Art Council, Taragaon Museum and Siddhartha Art Gallery, Nepal

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A painter’s painter

By Clare Gemima

07.02.2022

Aotearoa artist Christina Pataialii features in the fifth New Museum Triennial, one of the world’s leading exhibitions for emerging artists. New York-based writer Clare Gemima visits the exhibition and reflects on Pataialii’s rule-breaking approach to painting technique, and the artist’s search for a language for her family history, identity and the cultural “in-between”.

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Evan Woodruffe, Jamie Berry and Jimmy James Kouratoras at the 9th Beijing International Art Biennale

18 January —
01 March 2022

National Art Museum of China, Beijing, China

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Ash Kilmartin in 'Langstme', The Triennial of Beetsterzwaag

10 September —
19 September 2021

Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, Netherlands

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Simon Denny at the 7th Athens Biennale

24 September —
28 November 2021

AB7: Eclipse, Athens, Greece

Writing

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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Karen Sewell, Luminary | Luminare in Personal Structures

23 April —
27 November 2022

Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy

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Edith Amituanai, Hayden Fowler and Greg Semu at the Biennale Jogja XVI

06 October —
14 November 2021

Biennale Jogja, Indonesia

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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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Simon Denny at the Belgrade Biennale

25 June —
22 August 2021

The Dreamers, Belgrade, Serbia

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Aotearoa artists at the 22nd Sydney Biennale

14 March —
06 September 2020

Various locations, Sydney, Australia

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Yona Lee at Busan Biennale 2020

05 September —
08 November 2020

Museum of Contemporary Art Busan, Korea

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Dane Mitchell at Bangkok Art Biennale

12 October 2020 —
31 January 2021

BAB Box, One Bangkok, Thailand

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Vivian Lynn, Shannon Te Ao & Bad Fiji Gyals at Gwangju Biennale

01 April —
09 May 2021

Gwangju, South Korea

Writing

Looking for Home

By Jungah Lee

13.01.2021

A look at Yona Lee's site-specific work En Route Home at the 2020 Busan Biennale, its references to migration, the concept of 'home', and our new and developing relationships towards stability and roots in the era of globalisation.

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The Near Side

By Jon Bywater

13.05.2020

The 22nd Biennale of Sydney opened on 14 March 2020 and unfortunately had to close its doors only nine days later due to Covid-19. Prior to its closing, writer Jon Bywater managed to visit NIRIN, looking in particular at participating artists from Aotearoa including Emily Karaka, Elisapeta Heta & John Miller, Lisa Reihana, Kulimoe’anga ‘Stone’ Maka, and FAFSWAG.

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Mata Aho Collective at the Dhaka Art Summit

By Pauline Autet

21.04.2020

We finish our first series focusing on the Asia region with Contemporary HUM Editor Pauline Autet interviewing Mata Aho Collective on their participation in the Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh in February 2020, where they partook in panel discussions and practised a type of waiata (song) called a pātere.

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Moana, Unimagined

By Millie Riddell

08.01.2020

The 16th Istanbul Biennial, titled The Seventh Continent, had a thematic focus on the large garbage patch currently occupying 3.4 million square kilometres of ocean, near Hawaii and Japan. Despite focusing on this area, Pacific artists were not present at the Biennial. Writer Millie Riddell explores the omission of Pacific artists, and what it means to not address or include the people most affected by environmental pollution and climate change.