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05 September 2020 —
29 November 2020

DE-celerate

Nathan Pohio, Sfakia – day for night, 2020 (installation view). Digital photographic prints on vinyl. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Nathan Pohio, Sfakia – day for night, two files for two monitors, 2018 (installation view). HD two-channel video, 46 mins. Courtesy of the artist and Jonathan Smart Gallery. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Étienne de France, The Green Vessel, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.
Étienne de France, The Green Vessel, 2019 (installation view). HD video, colour and stereo, 51 mins. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Étienne de France, The Green Vessel, 2016 (installation view). Plywood, cedar, macrocarpa, textiles. 1560mm x 1560mm x 240mm. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Kimsooja, A Needle Woman, 2009 (still). Video performance, 25 mins, looped, silent. Performed and filmed in Paris, France. Commissioned by Nuit Blanche Paris 2009. Collection of the Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (FMAC). Courtesy of FMAC, Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Kimsooja Studio.
Kimsooja, A Needle Woman, 2009 (installation view). Video performance, 25 mins, looped, silent. Performed and filmed in Paris, France. Commissioned by Nuit Blanche Paris 2009. Collection of the Fonds municipal d’art contemporain de la Ville de Paris (FMAC). Courtesy of FMAC, Axel Vervoordt Gallery and Kimsooja Studio. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Francisco Vidal, Humans Go Home, 2020 (installation view). Digital reproductions of original drawings. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Francisco Vidal, Humans Go Home, 2020 (detail). Digital reproductions of original drawings. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Visesio Siasau, NGATU ‘o VAVANGA ‘ATALOA, 2020 (installation view). In collaboration with Serene Tay and Saimone Fonohema. Ngatu, kupesi. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Visesio Siasau, NGATU ‘o VAVANGA ‘ATALOA, 2020 (detail). In collaboration with Serene Tay and Saimone Fonohema. Ngatu, kupesi. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Maureen Lander & Kaetaeta Watson, Baau and Pare, 2020 (installation view). Miscellaneous natural and man-made materials found in the artists’ environment. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Maureen Lander & Kaetaeta Watson, Baau and Pare, 2020 (detail). Miscellaneous natural and man-made materials found in the artists’ environment. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Maureen Lander & Kaetaeta Watson, Baau and Pare, 2020 (detail). Miscellaneous natural and man-made materials found in the artists’ environment. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
John Pule, Sadness Spirit, 2013 (installation view). Poetry book, 20 pages, coloured illustrations. Originally published by Pātaka Art + Museum, Porirua, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Nicolas Molé, Mariana Molteni, Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Insulatus, 2020 (installation view). Multimedia installation with weaving, HD video, plants. Dance performance by Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with support from Poemart Nouvelle-Calédonie, Mission aux Affaires Culturelles Nouvelle-Calédonie and the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Nicolas Molé, Mariana Molteni, Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Insulatus, 2020 (installation view). Multimedia installation with weaving, HD video, plants. Dance performance by Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with support from Poemart Nouvelle-Calédonie, Mission aux Affaires Culturelles Nouvelle-Calédonie and the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Nicolas Molé, Mariana Molteni, Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Insulatus, 2020 (detail). Multimedia installation with weaving, HD video, plants. Dance performance by Richard Digoué & Simane Wenethem. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland with support from Poemart Nouvelle-Calédonie, Mission aux Affaires Culturelles Nouvelle-Calédonie and the artists. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Francisco Huichaqueo, Mujeres Espíritu [Spirit Women], 2020 (still). HD video, 42 mins. Courtesy of the artist.
Francisco Huichaqueo, Mujeres Espíritu [Spirit Women], 2020 (installation view). HD video, 42 mins. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Stevei Houkāmau, Wāhi, 2020. Uku (clay), synthetic sinew, toroa/kahu feathers. Commissioned by Te Tuhi, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. Francisco Huichaqueo, Niño kulkul [Kulkul child], 2020. Super 8 film transferred to HD video. 2 mins 32 secs. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Sandra Monterroso, Respiración del espíritu [Breath of the Spirit], 2016 (installation view). Video performance. 4 mins 14 secs. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, John Terilli, 2020 (installation view). Signed 1980 John Terilli poster (1980), takeaway posters, cabinet. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, John Terilli, 2020 (detail). Signed 1980 John Terilli poster (1980), takeaway posters, cabinet. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, The Waitara Project, 2020 (installation view). Multimedia installation with objects from the Waitara community. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, The Waitara Project, 2020 (installation view). Multimedia installation with objects from the Waitara community. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, The Waitara Project, 2020 (detail). Multimedia installation with objects from the Waitara community. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, The Waitara Project, 2020 (detail). Multimedia installation with objects from the Waitara community. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, Private Collection, Levin, 2020 (detail). Tin collection, vitrine. Courtesy of the artist and private collection, Levin. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, Private Collection, Levin, 2020 (detail). Tin collection, vitrine. Courtesy of the artist and private collection, Levin. Photo by Sam Hartnett.
Fiona Clark, On the Fence, 2020 (installation view). Digital inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Sam Hartnett.

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The exhibition DE-celerate attempts to capture the fluctuations in artists' thinking at the time of a worldwide pandemic. The basic human ability to adapt for survival meets the hope that better times may emerge from uncertainty.

In a non-didactic manner, and acknowledging the inter-relationship between humans and nature within mātauranga Māori, the exhibition explores how ways of doing, thinking and being in the world may shift at this time. It proposes that criticality and positive connections may also be nurtured by the demands of resilience.

DE-celerate is articulated through artists’ works and live activations. Drastically limited by the travel restrictions preventing many artists’ visits, the activations take place instead through the invitation for audiences to take home or barter for certain objects. This process of exchange is one response to an increased appetite for human interaction after self-isolation.

The artists were asked to consider how isolation and confinement affected their thinking, and, by extension, their practices. For most of these artists, the fragility of the status quo, social atomisation, and the challenges posed to individuals’ health revealed by the pandemic caused them to slow down, and consider how to live with more empathy and compassion in relation to their environment.

However, one question remains unanswered: are humans ready, or even able, to decelerate? As the pressures imposed by savage capitalism grow daily, is this global economic paradigm forcing us to return to patterns of behaviour that are both inhumane, and dangerous?

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