Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land
New Zealand was the first country to give women the vote, making 2018 the 125-year anniversary of women's suffrage. To mark the occasion, CIRCUIT and City Gallery Wellington presents the work of a woman artist from the last country to give women the vote, Saudi Arabia.
Arwa Alneami is a key figure in Saudi Arabian art, exhibiting in and increasingly beyond the Kingdom. Her very presence as a contemporary artist challenges the restrictions her country places on female self-expression, as does her work. Never Never Land (2014) consists of surreptitiously made videos of women spending their evenings at an amusement park in Abha where their experiences are constantly policed by a strict set of rules, prohibiting screaming and wardrobe malfunctions.
Arwa Alneami: Never Never Land is presented courtesy of City Gallery Wellington and the artist, in association with the CIRCUIT Symposium The Time of the Now. Curator Moya Lawson will present a talk on the work at 12pm, Thursday 13 Sept at St Paul St Gallery 3, Auckland. Light refreshments will be served.
Schedule of events:
Dates - Wednesday 12 September - Friday 15 September, 12-4pm.
Curators Talk - Thursday 13 September 12pm, Moya Lawson.
ST PAUL St Gallery Three, 40 St Paul St, Auckland, 1010