Commentary in category: Writing

Posted Dec 15, 2021
By Samuel Te Kani
A steamy window in a wooden frame. There are two hand prints in the steam and a pair of lips.

“Between CONCUBINE’s harried wall-mural and the spidery polish of Howe’s renderings there’s a fabulous feedback, like the lines of each artist’s hands were shaking lustily, and perhaps still shake with unashamed cravings for abundant pleasures and emancipation, in equal measure.”

Samuel Te Kani reviews CRUEL OPTIMISM at Artspace Aotearoa (5 November 2021–4 February 2022).

Posted Nov 17, 2021
By David Eggleton

"Colonial photography has left behind haunted gothic landscapes, but it failed to detect the allegorical and oracular terrains created by Māori." —David Eggleton

The exhibition Pōkai Whenua, Pōkai Moana (17 August–30 October 2021) at the Hocken Gallery showed new lens-based work created during Bridget Reweti's time as the Frances Hodgkins Fellow in Ōtepoti.

Posted Oct 21, 2021
By Emma Ng
Inside a lift, screen showing Kate Moss's face with animated figures overlaying it.

"One of this exhibition’s strengths, in tailoring the installation strategy to each work, is its treatment of video artworks as material objects, or, perhaps, material experiences. This encourages us to keep our critical faculties awake, rather than letting our awareness of production dissolve into the smooth, edgeless, high definition of the televisions and personal devices we’ve become accustomed to."

Emma Ng reviews Image Processors at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi.

Posted Aug 31, 2021

Ten artist videos on CIRCUIT using poetry, text and waiata as material and inspiration for moving image works and cine-poems.

Featuring Lara Lindsay-Parker, Kahurangiariki Smith, Connor Fitzgerald, Ruth Watson, Dick Whyte, Richard Von Sturmer, Rangituhia Hollis, Martin Rumsby, Stella Brennan, Rachel Shearer.


Posted Aug 25, 2021
By Hamish Win
A indoor swimming pool seen through a window with lots of reflections

"Time and again we'll see Lacey use this conscription of noise to perform a kind of entanglement, an articulation upon which meaning comes to the fore."

In this long read essay, Hamish Win looks closely at a decade of work by Sonya Lacey, focussing on noise as a paradigmatic methodology.

Posted Jun 15, 2021
The back of a women swimmer, wearing black togs and stretching to the left.

Three new texts by Ōtepoti-based writers, John Ward Knox, Talia Marshall (Ngāti Kuia, Ngāti Rārua, Rangitāne ō Wairau, Ngāti Takihiku), and Jessica Koroneho Hinerangi Thompson-Carr (Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāruahine, Ngāpuhi) in response to Shannon Te Ao's installation at Dunedin Public Art Gallery, what was or could be today (again).

Posted Jun 15, 2021
By Rangituhia Hollis

"Toi Tū, Toi Ora is a slow heart beat under the earth. I feel the earth beneath my feet, and for me it’s a place to stand in anger. But that’s me. As a space full of art, the exhibition is a space that condenses a broad and unfathomable set of connections that can’t be simplified into something that I could ever speak of" - Rangituhia Hollis

Originally conceived as a response to Toi Tū Toi Ora: Contemporary Māori Art, a group show of 300 artworks by 110 Māori artists at Auckland Art Gallery, this essay by artist Rangituhia Hollis grew into a personal reflection on Māori experience of the post-colonial past, present and possible future.


Posted May 25, 2021
By Mark Williams
A womans face on a screen with an animals tail coming out of her mouth

"Simnett’s survival strategy is to examine trauma's cooled, black, liquid residue, morphing the after-image into something new and darkly inhabited."

- Mark Williams on Marianna Simnett’s CREATURE at City Gallery Wellington

Posted Apr 7, 2021
By Amy Weng

happiness is only real when shared is a follow up to We’re Not Too Big To Care, the inaugural exhibition curated by Lisa Beauchamp whe

Posted Mar 25, 2021
By Mark Williams

Have Uber, will travel. A recent 24 hour sojourn in Tāmaki Makaurau presents an opportunity for whistle stop impressions of shows by Natasha Matila-Smith, Steve Carr & Christian Lamont, Shannon Te Ao, Ana Iti and Toi Tū Toi Ora.