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Here you’ll find interviews with artists, reading lists and more. Contributed by Enjoy’s interns, staff, artists and friends.

DOWN TIME: Labour politics, subjectivity and counter-production

Posted on July 18, 2017
by Hugo Robinson

There are many points of entry into labour politics. That is the nature of advanced capitalism. Labour has become first nature and our existence demands that we participate in its politics. Yet this ‘we’ is overwhelmingly singular. Representation is exclusive, marking difference invisible or incomprehensible through the lens of the dominant culture. The knowledge of a reduced and individualised subjectivity is being produced elsewhere, sold back to us, transformed beyond any reconcilable image of our own realities.

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An Interview with Quishile Charan

Posted on July 7, 2017
by Dilohana Lekamge

Ahead of her exhibition Namesake with Salome Tanuvasa, Quishile Charan talked with artist and writer Dilohana Lekamge about her textile practice, her family, and what the response to her work has been like so far. As an emerging artist of Indo-Fijian heritage living and working in Aotearoa New Zealand, Charan uses traditional modes of textile making to reflect upon the landscape of indentured labour and its ongoing post-colonial effects on the Indo-Fijian community. 

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An Interview with Lana Lopesi

Posted on March 24, 2017
by Hugo Robinson

Lana Lopesi is a multi-disciplinary writer and artist based in Auckland. She is the Visual Arts Co-Editor of The Pantograph Punch and Contributing Editor for Design Assembly. Much of Lopesi’s work deals with themes of her Pacific heritage and the intersections of gender and ethnicity. In this interview I speak with her about the state of criticism in Aotearoa, addressing the preconceptions of who can engage in critique and the ways which we might open more constructive discourses around art.

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An Interview with John Vea

Posted on March 21, 2017
by Dilohana Lekamge

Auckland-based artist John Vea’s practice is rooted in the simple act of storytelling—spending time with migrant workers and the cultural minorities of Aotearoa New Zealand, talking through their experiences and what is involved in their daily lives. The research Vea collects is almost solely conducted through talanoa: an experience of sharing ideas, stories and conversation that is almost always face-to-face. Vea translates these verbal accounts into performance art, video and sculptural installations. 

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TUCAT TELETHON: Watch online

Posted on March 20, 2017

While on summer residency at Enjoy from 30 January – 19 February, Riff Raff co-opted the gallery space as their production house. Their aim was to develop a new contemporary art collection of donated work from artists and the general public throughout the nation, provisionally titled the 'Trust us Contemporary Art Trust' (TUCAT).

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Useful Links

Posted on December 16, 2016

Following our Self-Publishing Mini-Series held in July, Rebecca Boswell left us the following list of recommended publishers, bookstores, distributors, journals and online platforms to check out, based both locally and internationally.

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An Interview with Ioana Gordon-Smith

Posted on December 5, 2016
by Sophie Davis

On the 7th of December Pātaka Art Museum is hosting If we never met – A wānanga on curating Indigenous art. In the lead up to this, our Manager and Curator Sophie Davis spoke with presenter and panelist Ioana Gordon-Smith about her role at Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery, her recent curatorial projects and some of the conversations that might come out of the wānanga.

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