We're delighted to announce the trio of curators CIRCUIT is working with in 2022.
The three curators bring a variety of international and Indigenous perspectives to their upcoming projects which will premiere a dozen new works for gallery, cinema, and public space.
May Adadol Ingawanij / เม อาดาดล อิงคะวณิช
May Adadol Ingawanij / เม อาดาดล อิงคะวณิช is a writer, curator, and teacher. She is working with CIRCUIT on a collection of five new artist commissions for cinema, which will premiere in Auckland at Artspace Aotearoa in September.
May works on de-westernised and decentred histories and genealogies of cinematic arts; avant-garde legacies in Southeast Asia; forms of potentiality and future-making in contemporary artistic and curatorial practices; aesthetics and circulation of artists’ moving image, art and independent films in, around, and related to Southeast Asia.
May is Professor of Cinematic Arts at the University of Westminster where she co-directs the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media. She features in ArtReview's '2021 Power 100'.
Leo Koziol (Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Rakaipaaka) is CIRCUIT's Matariki Curator, and is commissioning a new video work to be screened in Wellington's Masons Screen over the Matariki period in July 2022.
Leo is founder and director of the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. It is the longest-running indigenous film festival of New Zealand and takes place annually during Matariki in a traditional marae. Leo worked as cultural advisor in the Ministry of Maori Development and curates short films for the New Zealand International Film Festival (Ngā Whanaunga Maori Pasifika programme). He also curates for various film festivals in Canada, Italy, Polynesia, the United States and Australia.
Since 2020, he has been the indigenous editor of Letterboxd. With over 3 million members. Letterboxd is the leading social network for movie mavens and cinema fans alike.
Tendai Mutambu is working with CIRCUIT to curate Otherwise-image-worlds, an exhibition to open at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery mid-2022, featuring featuring five new works by artists from Aotearoa and the UK that ask how animation can be a tool for critically reimagining history and building new worlds.
Tendai is an Aotearoa New Zealand-based writer, curator, and editor presently working as Curator at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary, Associate Producer on Aura Satz’s first feature Preemptive Listening, Contributing Editor for The Art Paper, and Graduate Mentor for Hospitalfield in Scotland.
Previously, Tendai was Assistant Curator of Commissions and Public Programmes at Spike Island in Bristol where he contributed to projects on Pacita Abad, Peggy Ahwesh, Eric Baudelaire/Alvin Curran, Adam Khalil/Bailey Sweitzer, Zinzi Minott, Imran Perretta, and Laura Phillips. His other recent work includes: George Watson: Kōtiro, Emepaea at Te Uru (2021-22); The Conch at South London Gallery (2021); and We Are Here: Work from the LUX and British Council Collections (touring internationally, 2019-22).