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2019 Curatorial Intensive in Auckland: Public Symposium

Aug 4, 2019

Auckland, New Zealand
Artspace Aotearoa

300 Karangahape Rd
Auckland, New Zealand 1145

This public symposium concludes Independent Curators International (ICI)’s 2019 Curatorial Intensive in Auckland. This is ICI’s first Curatorial Intensive in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand which draws upon the diverse cultural environment from Auckland and the greater te Moana Nui-a-Kiwa Pacific Ocean region. The symposium is broken up into three groups of presentations each focusing on a different constellation of thematics— bodies, borders and storytelling; site specificity and landscapes of ocean archipelagoes; and research-based structures for new knowledge.

10:00-10:15 Welcome Remarks
Remco de Blaaij, Director, Artspace Aotearoa, New Zealand
Amanda Parmer, Director of Programs, Independent Curators International
Renaud Proch, Executive Director, Independent Curators International

10:15-11:00 Bodies, Borders and Storytelling
Savanah Pennell
Eleanor Scicchitano
Hilary Thurlow

11:00-11:50 Site Specificity and Landscapes of Ocean Archipelagoes
Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick & Joshua Tengan
Riksa Afiaty
Milly Mitchell-Anyon

12:00-12:50 Research-Based Structures for New Knowledge
Francis McWhannell
Māia Abraham & Syaheedah Iskandar
Tyson Campbell

This event is free and open to the public.

Eleanor Scicchitano

Eleanor Scicchitano is an Adelaide-based independent curator and writer.

Francis McWhannell

Francis McWhannell is a freelance writer and curator from Aotearoa New Zealand currently based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.

Savanah Pennell

Savanah Pennell is an artist, activist, and curator from Gilbert, Arizona

Josh Tengan

Josh Tengan is a Honolulu-based contemporary art curator.

Riksa Afiaty

Riksa Afiaty is an enabler. Together with Charles Esche and Enin Supriyanto conceived exhibition Power and Other Things: Indonesia & Art (1835–now) and symposia Lupa Lupa IngatImperial Zombies Modern Vampires and Contemporary Ghosts for the 2017 Europalia Art Festival in Belgium.

Syaheedah Iskandar

Syaheedah Iskandar works with vernacular ideas of seeing, thinking, and being.

Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick

Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick is an artist, independent curator, and community educator from Mōkapu, Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu.

Hilary Thurlow

Hilary Thurlow is an emerging arts writer and worker from Brisbane, Australia.

Milly Mitchell-Anyon

Milly Mitchell-Anyon is an art historian and curator from Whanganui, Aotearoa.

Tyson Campbell

Tyson Campbell is a Birrarang-a/ Melbourne based multi-disciplinary curator and artist whose work is engaged with the relationships between the Indigenous and the settler-state imaginaries.

Māia Abraham

Māia Abraham (Ngāi the Rangi, Tūhoe) is a curator and artist living currently in Ōtautahi Christchurch.


The Curatorial Intensive in Auckland is made possible in part by grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Hartfield Foundation, and by generous contributions from Artspace Aotearoa, The Chartwell Trust, John and Jo Gow, ST Paul St Gallery Auckland University of Technology, ICI’s Leadership Council, the ICI Board of Trustees, the ICI Gerrit Lansing Education Fund, and the supporters of ICI’s Access Fund.