Tales from Elsewhere at Jonathan Smart Gallery, Christchurch
Who am I? Well, sometimes I am an artist, occasionally a writer and once or twice a curator. But I definitely work at the Massey University School of Art in Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand. I studied at the University of Canterbury School of Art, the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and have a Masters of Fine Art from RMIT University, Melbourne. From the-mid 1980s I have exhibited sculpture and sculptural installation consistently in New Zealand and internationally, including the Netherlands, Australia, Spain and Mexico.
In 2011 I curated the exhibition El Barroco de Aotearoa, six New Zealand Artists to Mexico City, and in 2015 I undertook residencies at Arquetopia, Puebla Mexico, and No Lugar, Quito Ecuador, and was a visiting scholar at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. In 2018 I am returning to the Americas with exhibitions in the US and Peru.
Why? Because I am obsessed with the baroque and using art to find a way out of neo-liberalism into something that might be socialism. Art to tell other kinds of stories about how we are in the world. Part of this, of course, involves trying to work out what it is to be to be Pākehā in 21stcentury Aotearoa New Zealand. That’s always been there, ever since I was a kid and realised that, not quite like my English Mum and Dad, Poneke Wellington is home.