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Special feature on HUM: Aotearoa Reviews its Official Participation in the Venice Biennale

Michael Stevenson, 'This is the Trekka', installation view, Venice, 2003. Courtesy of the artist.
Dane Mitchell, 'Post hoc', Palazzina Canonica, Venice, 2019. Photo: David Straight.
Brett Graham and Rachael Rakena, 'Aniwaniwa', installation view, Venice, 2007.
Lisa Reihana, 'in Pursuit of Venus [infected]', 2015–17. 'Lisa Reihana: Emissaries', installation view, Venice, 2017. Photo: Contemporary HUM.
Michael Parekowhai, 'Chapman's Homer', 2011. Installation view, Venice, 2011. Photo: Michael Hall.
Judy Millar, 'Giraffe – Bottle – Gun', installation view, Venice, 2009. Photo: Judy Millar.
New publication featuring comments from the arts sector on how our previous national pavilions have influenced people's careers and the profile of contemporary art from Aotearoa.


In June this year, Creative New Zealand announced a review of Aotearoa’s official presentation at the Venice Biennale, which could affect the possibility of a New Zealand Pavilion for 2024, or even put into question our participation in future years. 

Contemporary HUM has invited New Zealanders from within the arts sector - artists, pavilion attendants, exhibition installers or designers, and visitors - to reflect on how their involvement in (or experience of) our previous national pavilions and Collateral Events in Venice has influenced their own careers, and the profile of contemporary art from Aotearoa.

Read the special feature, with a preface by Heather Galbraith, Chair of the Contemporary HUM Arts Trust and previous Curator and Commissioner of NZ pavilions in Venice, here on HUM.

There is also a companion publication in Art News New Zealand out now, featuring more comments from the arts sector including HUM’s Editor Pauline Autet and past NZ Pavilion artists Simon Denny, Judy Millar and Dane Mitchell. 

"I stood in a room painted by Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, and spoke to people about contemporary art, and about Aotearoa. Tens of thousands came through the exhibition while I was there; Hito Steyerl brought her class back twice; the patrons of New York’s New Museum came late for a guided tour. I know I will return to Venice, to the Biennale, and I hope I will find our people and our presence there, too." — Sophie Thorn, Curator Collections, Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery, Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington.

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Contemporary HUM

1 Oct 2022

Launched in 2016, Contemporary HUM is a forum generating critical discussion of Aotearoa New Zealand visual arts presented overseas. HUM is the only platform dedicated to the international activity of creative practitioners from New Zealand who are working or living abroad.