Crossing Currents: Episode 4

By Contemporary HUM


Architect, artist and mother Elisapeta Hinemoa Heta speaks to Contemporary HUM about her presentation The Body of Wainuiātea, which is featured alongside work by Latai Taumoepeau in Re-Stor(y)ing Oceania, an exhibition curated by Taloi Havini at TBA21–Academy’s Ocean Space in Venice. She discusses the influence of the Māori pūrākau (mythological tradition) of the atua (deity) Wainuiātea, the need to re-establish a sacred relationship to the ocean and the conversations that guided the creation of the work, including with Havini and Taumoepeau.


Crossing Currents: Episode 2

By Contemporary HUM


Contemporary HUM interviews Brett Graham (Ngāti Koroki Kahukura, Tainui) about Wastelands (2024), his work in Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere, the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Graham discusses Wastelands as a commentary on extractive attitudes to land, the logistics of exhibiting at the Venice Biennale and what it’s like to be included alongside an intergenerational selection of Māori artists, including his father, Fred Graham.


Crossing Currents: Aotearoa New Zealand Artists in Venice

Podcast series

Despite there being no national pavilion for Aotearoa New Zealand this year, the 60th Venice Biennale is an historic edition for Aotearoa artists. Not only are there an unprecedented number of artists from Aotearoa featured in Venice – both within the International Exhibition of the Biennale and in concurrent events taking place across the city – but it also features the most Māori artists to be included.

In Crossing Currents: Aotearoa New Zealand Artists in Venice, Contemporary HUM speaks with the artists featured in the 60th Venice Biennale and parallel events Personal Structures and Re-Stor(y)ing Oceania as they reflect on presenting in Venice during an historic year for Aotearoa art, Ngā toi Māori and Indigenous art globally.


Lisa Reihana, GLISTEN

14 June 2024 —
30 March 2025

National Gallery Singapore, Singapore


Tamsen Hopkinson, The Wishing Well

20 June —
20 July 2024

Connors Connors, Naarm Melbourne, Australia


Art Summit 2024

13 June —
15 June 2024

various locations in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


Hoʻoulu Lāhui: Regenerating Oceania: 13th Festival of Pacific Arts and Culture

06 June —
16 June 2024

Hawaiʻi Convention Center and various locations in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi


“To see us on our best day.”

By Dávvet Bruun-Solbaak


Offering a glimpse at the wide range of emotions and encounters that Aotearoa-based artist Maungarongo Te Kawa and Northern Sámi activist Dávvet Bruun-Solbaak share in their multifaceted experiences at different edges of the globe, this conversation takes Te Kawa’s recent residency and touring exhibition in Norway and Sámi territories as a departure point.


Mataaho Collective and Megan Tamati-Quennell, Indigenous Visions

10.00AM — 6.00PM
16 April 2024

Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli, Venice, Italy


The 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia

20 April —
24 November 2024

Giardini and Arsenale, Venice, Italy


Robert Jahnke, Te Wepu MMXXIII in Personal Structures

20 April —
24 November 2024

Palazzo Mora, Venice, Italy


Hana Pera Aoake, Delfina Foundation residency

02 April —
23 June 2024

Delfina Foundation, London, UK


Takiwā Hou: Imagining New Spaces film screening

7.30PM — 9.00PM
03 April 2024

Spazju Kreattiv, Valletta, Malta


Elisapeta Hinemona Heta, Re-Stor(y)ing Oceania

23 March —
13 October 2024

Ocean Space, Venice, Italy


Nikau Hindin, Badu Gili: Celestial

15 December 2023 —
01 December 2024

Sydney Opera House, Gadigal Lands Sydney, Australia


24th Biennale of Sydney: Ten Thousand Suns

09 March —
10 June 2024

six venues across Sydney, Australia


Nikau Hindin, Time Honoured Technologies panel discussion

12.45PM — 1.30PM
10 March 2024

White Bay Power Station, Sydney, Australia


Architecture of Aroha, Luleå Biennial 2024

02 March —
26 May 2024

Kulturenshus, Luleå, Sweden


The Shape of Time: Art and Ancestors of Oceania

24 October 2023 —
15 January 2024

National Museum of Qatar, Doha, Qatar


The Polyphonic Sea

By Emma O'Neill


Presented at Bundanon Art Museum, deep in the territory of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups, The Polyphonic Sea features new commissions and recontextualised work by Antonia Barnett McIntosh, Andrew Beck, Ruth Buchanan, The Estate of L. Budd, Sione Faletau, Samuel Holloway and et al., Sarah Hudson, Sonya Lacey, Nova Paul, Sriwhana Spong and Shannon Te Ao.


Kahurangiariki Smith, Lisa Reihana and Yuki Kihara, Singing in Unison Part 8: Between Waves

10 October 2023 —
12 January 2024

Industry City, New York, USA


Championing Aotearoa New Zealand women artists


Contemporary HUM is excited to launch our partnership with AWARE: Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions. The Paris-based non-profit organisation, founded in 2014, focuses on the creation, indexation and distribution of information on women artists of the 20th century. During our partnership with AWARE we have worked on including more Aotearoa New Zealand women artists in their online profiles. AWARE is a great resource for championing women artists and we’re thrilled to be working with them. A huge thanks to Creative New Zealand for making this partnership possible.


Mataaho Collective at the Dhaka Art Summit

By Pauline Autet


We finish our first series focusing on the Asia region with Contemporary HUM Editor Pauline Autet interviewing Mataaho 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.


Clay Te Pai, Indigenous Artists Exchange

19 October —
24 October 2023

Fiji Museum, Suva, Fiji


Good Company Arts, Festival After Cage

25 October —
27 November 2023

Museo de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain and online


Forever Fresh Talanoa Series


A collaboration between In*ter*is*land Collective and Contemporary HUM consisting of four edited online talanoa (conversations) between several tagata Moana (Māori and Pasifika people) across the globe which centre around the principles of talanoa; ofa, mafana, malie and faka'apa'apa (love, warmth, humour and respect) and the ability to have a "reciprocal knowledge exchange".

The talanoa within this series will focus on topics such as life in the diaspora, moana futurism, queer identities, and ReMoanafication, and all will be individually responded to in written form by Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa), reminding us of our intricate connection and shared ancestry in Te Moananui-a-Kiwa.


Rychèl Thérin in Vienna Art Week

11 November —
12 November 2023

WEST Space, Vienna, Austria


Jade Townsend, Sticks & Stones

06 October —
03 December 2023

Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA


Maungarongo Te Kawa, Te Whare Pora: A Sacred Space

26 October 2023 —
21 January 2024

Sámi Dáiddaguovddáš Sami Centre for Contemporary Art, Karasjok, Norway


Te Tangi a te Tūī (The Song of the Tui)

19 October —
29 October 2023

The Cultch, Vancouver, Canada