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Artist Talk: Cushla Donaldson with Mark Amery

Friday 26 Jan 2024

Cushla Donaldson, The Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival, 2017, film still. Courtesy of the artist.

Cushla Donaldson, The Great Ngāruawāhia Music Festival, 2017, film still. Courtesy of the artist.

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Join us with Cushla Donaldson and Mark Amery for a discussion on Donaldson and Linds film Neighbourhood of Truth (2021) and it’s prescient perspective on colonial technologies of disinformation and weaponised ideologies. They will also be discussing Amery’s hot off the press article on Donaldson's broader filmic practice for Circuit Artist Moving Image Aotearoa.


Mark Amery
Mark Amery is co-presenter of Culture 101 on RNZ, a weekly show about creativity and culture in Aotearoa. Mark has worked as lead producer of Saturday Morning with Kim Hill on RNZ National and as a weekly culture writer and contributing arts editor at newspaper The Post. Mark began in radio at 95bFM in the 1990s as weekly producer and presenter of arts show The Culture Bunker. He went on to co-host Radio Active's arts show Caffeine and Aspirin. Pre-Covid he was a relief producer and presenter on RNZ's Standing Room Only and has been a long-time arts commentator with RNZ and across the print media.

Mark has co-founded public arts organisation Letting Space in 2009 (the subject of a Massey University Press book) and co-created with Wellington public housing tenants a citizen's newspaper and lightbox project: The People’s Voice / Te Reo ō Ngā Tāngata in 2023.

Cushla Donaldson
Cushla Donaldson grew up in the Manawatū region of Te Ika-a-Maui. Guided by her observations growing up in a provincial settler colonial context, her practice gives form to the restive and political relationship between weakening dominant ideologies and the growing cogency and power of unacknowledged realities. The filmic documents of personal and socio-political events reflect Donaldsons practice which transverses sociological and artistic expressions.

Donaldson presented the acclaimed participatory work 501s (2018- ongoing) with the Physics Room at the Melbourne Art Fair in 2018 and with them developed a parallel collection of commissioned essays and artworks Through That Which Separates Us, published in 2021. She is currently based in the Netherlands where she is a PhD candidate in the Sociology of Law at Leiden University. She received a post graduate diploma in Sociology with distinction from the University of Auckland, her MFA from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and her BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts.


Join us beforehand for a screening of Cushla Donaldson and Quentin Lind's Neighbourhood of Truth (2021).

Due to the size of our screening room, seats are limited so registration is essential.

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