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08 December 2019 —
15 March 2020

Rebellious Modernities

Matt Coldicutt, Basketball Hoop 2 (Still Active), Vedado District, Havana, Cuba, 2017, digital photograph, courtesy of the artist.
Matt Coldicutt Front: Haus für einen Künstler 1922–2019 (unbuilt), Le Corbusier, 2019 (installation view) Back: Free Hoops: Aotearoa, Mexico, Guatemala & Cuba 2015-19, 2019 (installation view) steel, ink, paper commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Matt Coldicutt, Haus für einen Künstler 1922–2019 (unbuilt), Le Corbusier, 2019 (detail) commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland photo by Sam Hartnett.
Matt Coldicutt, Left: Units of Habitation: From Studio to Library, Whitaker Place, 2009-2019, 2019 (installation view) rimu. Centre: Units of Habitation: Ballin
Matt Coldicutt, Front: Units of Habitation: The Universal Set of Logical Relations, 2019 (installation view) steel, rimu, basketball hoops (St Mary’s College/inorganic collection). Back: Units of Habitation: Schematic for Social Buoyancy, 2019 (installation view) steel, rimu, bronze, water commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland photo by Sam Hartnett.
Matt Coldicutt, Units of Habitation: Reduced Season, 2019  concrete, cacti (various) commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Sosefina Andy, Familiar Things, 2019 (installation view) commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Sosefina Andy, Familiar Things, 2019 (installation view) commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Sosefina Andy, Metal drawing, 2019 rebar construction rods commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Sosefina Andy, The collective, 2019 (detail), family
Yonel Watene, housewarming party, 2019 (installation view), photo by Sam Hartnett.
Yonel Watene, Wharenui (first home), 2019 (installation view), cardboard, newspaper, house paint and oil paint; mattresses, various objects, artworks commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Yonel Watene, Hanging out to dry, 2018-19 denim and A-frame clothes dryers commissioned by Te Tuhi, Auckland, photo by Sam Hartnett.
Yonel Watene, housewarming party, 2019 (installation view), photo by Sam Hartnett.
Gordon Matta-Clark, Open House, 1972 (installation view) Super 8mm film on HD video, colour, silent 41 mins courtesy of The Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York, photo by Sam Hartnett.

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Rebellious Modernities presents physical and emotional spaces that engage the senses. Four perspectives destabilise the modernist parameters that underpin architectural value.

Inspired by the concept of ‘anarchitecture’, a term coined by the late artist and architect Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), the exhibition includes new works by Auckland-based artists Sosefina Andy, Matt Coldicutt and Yonel Watene. Against the backdrop of New Zealand’s ongoing housing crisis and the rise of homelessness worldwide, the artists propose a rebellious deconstruction of notions of private and public space, building life strategies for survival, resistance and the recovery of memory. Their at times precarious structures evidence modernism’s failures and hangover: excess leading to waste and unsuitable adaptations to other geographies. Most vitally, the works celebrate collectivism and political auto-construction.

The exhibition includes Matta-Clark’s 1972 film Open House, which records the artist’s industrial waste container built with discarded construction materials between 98 and 112 Greene Street, New York, where he co-founded the first artist-run gallery in SoHo in 1970. The footage contains dance performances by the artist, Tina Girouard, Keith Sonnier and other friends, activating the precarious architecture during the opening day.

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→ Rebellious Modernities catalogue
→ Yonel Watene: Housewarming party, 2019 - Roomsheet

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→ ‘Debuilding’ Modernist Architecture – EyeContact

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