Fiona Amundsen

Fiona Amundsen’s practice explores how documentary photographic and filmic images can enable a connected, active and caring relationship to the ramifications of painful historical experiences that live on in the present. She is interested in establishing relationships between specific historical events, the social responsibility of witnessing, and the ethics of documentary photographic and filmic practices. She edits declassified military produced archival imagery with her own present-day photography and filming to investigate the potential for imagery to perform a kind of visual listening and documentary witnessing of acts of colonial imperial violence, be it historical or not. Her images enable an ethical caring based in relationships of imagining over reified visibility, and listening over cognitive knowing.

CIRCUIT Resources

Review by Elle Loui August (2018)
E-book reader from CIRCUIT Symposium (2018)
Podcast with Mark Amery (2017)
E-book reader from CIRCUIT Symposium (2017)

CIRCUIT Projects

Thick Cinema, Various Venues, New Zealand / Europe (2017-18)

Selected Exhibitions


Walters Prize 2021, Auckland Art Gallery Toi O Tāmaki

Human Hand: Fiona Amundsen and Tim Corballis, The Dowse Art Museum, Wellington

Thick Cinema, 2017 CIRCUIT Artist Cinema Commissions, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetū; City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi; Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

Like a Body Without Skin, chapter two, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Australia 

Like a Body Without Skin, Neue Kirche Contemporary Art Centre, Pittsburgh, USA
The Imperial Body, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland
The Light of the South, Objectifs, Center for Photography and Film-making, Singapore

Summoning Souls (Registering Spirit), McNamara Gallery, Whanganui

Operation Magic, City Gallery Wellington Te Whare Toi

The Golden Waterway, McNamara Gallery, Whanganui
The First City in History: Chapter Three, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington