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19 February 2023 —
19 February 2023

Networks of practice, networks of silence - Bruce E. Phillips

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Networks of practice, networks of silence: Exploring and expanding contemporary art exhibition histories in Aotearoa

You are invited to hear Bruce E. Phillips discuss his recently completed PhD research that involved investigating a 50 year history (1970-2020) of exhibition-making in Aotearoa and how the findings have influenced the exhibition Who can think, what can think, opening 18 February 2023, and the editorial direction of a forthcoming publication charting a history of contemporary art exhibitions at Te Tuhi. 

Some struggles are invisible: Art, neurodiversity, and Aotearoa is an essay written by Bruce E. Phillips and published by Artlink Australia in the Spring 2022 issue of the magazine.  We are grateful to Artlink Australia for making the essay freely available in the lead up to, and during, Who can think, what can think.  – click here to read the full essay.

About Bruce E. Phillips:
Bruce E. Phillips (Pākehā/NZ European) is an Edinburgh-based arts practitioner from Aotearoa often working as a project manager, writer and curator. His practice is dedicated to working alongside others to address unrealised potential, overlooked histories or to confront social inequalities. Phillips has curated many exhibitions featuring over 200 artists such as Tania Bruguera, Ruth Ewan, Amanda Heng,  Tehching Hsieh, Maddie Leach, William Pope.L, Peter Robinson, Santiago Sierra, Shannon Te Ao, Ruth Watson and The Otolith Group. As a writer he has contributed reviews and articles for art magazines and journals including ArtAsiaPacific, ArtLink Australia, Art News New Zealand and Contemporary HUM. In 2022, he completed a PhD through Massey University focussing on curatorial practice in Aotearoa.

Click here to read Bruce's PhD
→ The curator-as-accomplice : a self-reflexive and exhibition history study of contemporary art curation in Aotearoa New Zealand.


A recording of Bruce's talk is available below.

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