Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .
'This year's Biennale of Sydney seems like a corrective,' writes Soo-Min Shim, 'prioritising autonomy in an international exhibition format that has all too often omitted or sidelined First Nations artists.'
In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .
Fiona Clark was born in Taranaki, New Zealand in 1954. She graduated from the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts in 1975. Her photographs provide access to crucial forms of social history, often investigating the politics of gender, identity and body. Clark is also a central member of Friends of Waitara River Inc., an environmental organization that campaigns to protect the quality of water in Waitara river and immediate surrounding areas. In 2016 she has taken part in presentations at Artspace, SIART 9 Biennale at Museo Nacional de Arte in Bolivia and Michael Lett. Recent group exhibitions include Wunderrūma at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki (2015) and Bloom at the Dowse, Lower Hutt (2011). Between 2002-2006 Clark exhibited a series of solo exhibitions, titled GO GIRL, at public art institutions across Australasia, including at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (2006), Whangarei Art Museum (2005) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery (2002). Clark currently lives and works in Tikorangi, Taranaki, New Zealand.
Text courtesy Michael Lett.
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