Venice Biennale

Writing

Behind the scenes of Post hoc in Venice

By Amber Baldock, Chris Sharp, Hope Wilson, Jude Chambers, Zara Stanhope

22.07.2019

What does it take to represent New Zealand at the Venice Biennale? How are five-metre tall, 500kg sculptures installed and secured? How do you vie for an audience’s attention on an island full of exhibitions and artworks? HUM interviews the team behind Post hoc, at the New Zealand Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennale.

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An interview with Dane Mitchell

By Contemporary HUM

24.06.2019

HUM's editorial team sat down with artist Dane Mitchell to discuss his work for the New Zealand Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale, Post hoc. The work, both ambitious in scale and subject, has sparked discussions on global climate change and meditations on what has truly disappeared from the world. 

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An abundance of loss

By Zara Stanhope

12.05.2019

As part of HUM’s coverage of La Biennale di Venezia, we’ve invited Zara Stanhope, Lead Curator of the New Zealand Pavilion, to analyse Dane Mitchell’s work Post hoc and its lists of bygone things, as well as the artist's other major works exhibited at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Auckland Art Gallery and Raebervonstenglin, Zurich.

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HUM live from the 2019 Venice Biennale

By Contemporary HUM

07.05.2019

HUM brings you live blog posts, videos, and exclusive images from the opening week of May You Live In Interesting Times, The 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, including Dane Mitchell's Post hoc for the New Zealand Pavilion.

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HUM live from the Venice Biennale

Updates from the vernissage

For the past two 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 practicioners involved in putting together this major international event. 

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An interview with Dame Jenny Gibbs

By Pauline Autet

05.04.2019

As the commissioner of the New Zealand Pavilion in the years 2001, 2003 and 2019, Dame Jenny Gibbs has unparalleled knowledge on the history of New Zealand at the Venice Biennale. HUM's Editor Pauline Autet, speaks with Gibbs about the forthcoming biennale and about Dane Mitchell's project for the prestigious international exhibition.

Writing

Learning from Athens (There and Elsewhere)

By Laura Preston, Wystan Curnow

18.12.2017

​This is the second part of a correspondence between Laura Preston and Wystan Curnow, in which the two writers' share memories and snapshots of journeys through the art world from 1987 to 2007 and 2017.

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NZ at Venice

By Will Gresson

20.11.2017

London-based New Zealand writer Will Gresson looks back at the way New Zealand has presented itself at the Venice Biennale, since first officially taking part in 2001. In particular, Gresson shares a personal response to the last five national projects and some thoughts on the relevance of cross-national presentations in the future.

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An interview with Lisa Reihana

By Contemporary HUM

22.09.2017

As part of Contemporary HUM’s series of interviews with New Zealand artists exhibiting during the 57th Venice Biennale, we talk to Lisa Reihana, New Zealand's representative at the Biennale about her experience in Venice.

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An interview with Kāryn Taylor

By Contemporary HUM

22.09.2017

As part of Contemporary HUM's series of interviews with New Zealand artists exhibiting during the 57th Venice Biennale, we talk with Kāryn Taylor about her work Field Notations, included in the exhibition Personal Structures: Open Borders at the Palazzo Bembo.

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An interview with Bruce Barber

By Contemporary HUM

22.09.2017

As part of Contemporary HUM's series of interviews with New Zealand artists exhibiting during the 57th Venice Biennale, we talk with Bruce Barber about his work Party without Party (2017), included in the exhibition Personal Structures: Open Borders at the Palazzo Bembo.

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An interview with Francis Upritchard

By Contemporary HUM

22.09.2017

As part of Contemporary HUM’s series of interviews with New Zealand artists exhibiting during the 57th Venice Biennale, we talk to Francis Upritchard about her work in the Biennale.

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An interview with Paul Handley

By Contemporary HUM

22.09.2017

As part of Contemporary HUM's series of interviews with New Zealand artists exhibiting during the 57th Venice Biennale, we talk to Paul Handley about his practice and his work Déplacement (Smuggling Pod) (2017), included in the exhibition Personal Structures: Open Borders at the Palazzo Bambo.

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Islands on Sale

By Alastair Carruthers, Contemporary HUM, Mata Aho Collective, Tessa Giblin

05.08.2017

In this panel discussion between Erena Baker and Bridget Reweti (Mata Aho Collective), Alastair Carruthers (Commissioner of NZ at Venice 2017) and Tessa Giblin (Commissioner and Curator of Ireland at Venice 2017), the participants discuss globalisation, national identity, the politics of representation and New Zealand's role in contemporary international art discourse. 

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HUM live from the 2017 Venice Biennale

By Contemporary HUM

08.05.2017

HUM brings you live blog posts and exclusive images from the opening week of Viva Arte Viva, The 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, between 8 - 15 May 2017, including Lisa Reihana: Emissaries for the New Zealand Pavilion.

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Urges of Imperialism Unravelled

By Rhana Devenport

01.05.2017

Rhana Devenport, Curator of the New Zealand Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, sets the context for Emissaries, Lisa Reihana's exhibition representing Aotearoa New Zealand at the 57th Biennale di Venezia.

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Reporting from the Front Desk

By Chris Winwood

08.12.2016

Paris-based architect Chris Winwood considers Future Islands, the New Zealand contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.

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This Model World, Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art

By Will Gresson

08.12.2016

Will Gresson reviews the book This Model World, Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art, by Anthony Byrt, published in 2016.