Home away from Home

Image: Archie Moore: A Home Away From Home (Bennelong/Vera’s Hut), 2016, 20th Biennale of Sydney, curated by Stephanie Rosenthal, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Donors: Neil Hobbs and Karina Harris. Photo: Wendell Teodoro, courtesy the artist and The Commercial Gallery, Sydney.

Home away from Home: Urgent themes from Contemporary Indigenous Practices in Australia
Thursday, April 6
ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public

Curatorial Intensive alumna Tess Maunder will discuss how contemporary Indigenous Australian practices are being represented and contextualized through the work of several Indigenous Australian artists.

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Qantas and Tate recently launched a new joint acquisition program for Contemporary Australian Art including major work of prominent Indigenous Artists: Judy Watson, Vernon Ah Kee and the late Gordon Bennett. In other news, Tracey Moffatt is representing Australia at the 2016 Venice Biennale, and is the first solo presentation by an Australian Indigenous Artist in history. Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art have appointed an Indigenous Advisory Group to oversee their Asia Pacific Trienniale. Now, more than ever, Indigenous Australian artists are gaining greater visibility both internationally, and at home, and through this, they are able to draw attention to urgent political, social and cultural issues that Aboriginal Australians still continue to face.

Taking from the title of Archie Moore’s 2016 work, Home away from Home, this talk by curator Tess Maunder will take listeners though prominent projects by Australian-born Indigenous practitioners; and examine the way in which these practices are contextualized and represented at an international level. She will speak about the use of identity politics in the work of artists such Tracey Moffatt, Richard Bell, Judy Watson, Vernon Ah Kee, Brook Andrew, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Christian Thompson, Tony Albert, Dale Harding and Archie Moore, among others.

Tess Maunder is currently a curator-in-residence at ISCP. Her residency is generously funded by Brisbane City Council, Australia, and Arts Queensland. Her award of the 2016 MPavilion and Art Monthly Australia Writing Award enabled much of the research for this lecture.


This event is free and open to the public. To attend, please RSVP to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with HOME in the subject line.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


April 6, 2017

ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013


Tess Maunder

Tess Maunder is a curator, author, and publishing executive. Based in Melbourne, Australia; Maunder has championed projects, relationships, and strategic plans between Australia and the US, China, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. She is invested in bridging intellectual differences; highlighting the beauty of multiplicity and holding the industry accountable for producing quality work. She currently works as Executive Manager for Art Ink Publishing and Vault art and culture magazine; where she is spearheading a new imprint for delivery in late 2020. Maunder believes that the curatorial cannot ignore the financial liquidity that supports it, and she argues for greater economic transparency in curatorial ventures. She is also a believer that ‘the curatorial’ is an attitude, a political position, and personal rhetoric. The curatorial is not defined by form; i.e. exhibitions, but rather should be approached as a greater philosophical scope on life; where artists are integrated into a wide spectrum of activity. Prior to her current publishing role; she held a range of institutional and guest invitational positions. In 2016-2017 she worked as a Curatorial Collegiate for the 11th Shanghai Biennale curatorial team, led by Chief Curators: Raqs Media Collective. The biennale is called Why Not Ask Again? ran from 11 November 2016 – 12 March 2017 at the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China. In 2016, Maunder was awarded the prestigious MPavilion / Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award, where she will be presenting and publishing writing about Australian Indigenous artist Archie Moore. She is a founding Co-Director of the trans-national editorial initiative: Approximating, between New Delhi, Yogyakarta, Manila and Brisbane. Her recent independent curatorial projects include the Curator of Anywhere Elsewhere at Jan Murphy Gallery, (2015) Brisbane, Co-Curator of the exhibition: Herding Islands session: Intervention, Reaction and Violence, conceived by Renan Laru-an at the University of the Philippines, (2015) Manila, and the Curator of the Subtropic Complex at the Institute of Modern Art (2014), Brisbane. Recent curatorial workshops, training, and conferences that she has participated in include Para Site’s workshop for young professionals (2016) in Hong Kong, The Australia India Youth Dialogue (2016) in New Delhi, Bangalore and Mohali, 4a Centre for Contemporary Asian Art’s Curators Intensive (2014) Sydney, the 5th Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course with Maria Lind (2013) in Gwangju and the Independent Curators International (ICI) Curatorial Intensive: What Does It Mean To Be International? held at Mori Art Museum (2013) in Tokyo. Prior to joining the Shanghai Biennale Curatorial team, Maunder worked in a programming capacity at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane. In 2017, Maunder undertook curatorial research during a funded residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York.

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