22 May 2012

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Artspace shapes budding curators

Artspace is pleased to announce the exhibition alienate/demonstrate/edit curated by Arron Santry, Artspace’s Curatorial Intern 2011/2012.

Santry is the 8th intern to be given this sought-after role. Established in 2004, the programme was the first of its kind in New Zealand, since then Artspace has been training curators in a one-year mentored position that remains a vital instrument in growing the experience and professionalism of contemporary art in New Zealand.

“The Curatorial Intern is an invaluable resource in the life of the office and Arron has made great use of his first-hand experience working alongside local and international, emerging and established artists, solidifying his writing skills and gaining confidence in the many tasks a curator needs to be familiar with,” says Artspace Director Caterina Riva.

As the culmination of his internship, Santry will mount an ambitious exhibition, which features work by artists from around the world including: Japan, Holland, USA, Austria and New Zealand.

alienate/demonstrate/edit considers the way technology, particularly the Internet, affects our experience and understanding when used as a tool to research art or access images. "In some ways, the process of curatorial research in the context of the internet became the subject of my research. I became more and more interested in the tensions generated by the aesthetic contexts in which I was seeing work viewing copies, low-res images, art blogs. The show then crystallised around the ways artists deal with these conditions, and the conditions of aesthetic mediation in contemporary society," says Santry.

Along with the exhibition at Artspace, Santry has invited Japanese artist Yousuke Fuyama and Dutch artist Vincent Riebeek to visit Auckland to offer free public performances, and the opportunity to meet and work alongside local artists.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to develop this project under the guidance of a curator as engaged as Caterina Riva. Her support and insight have enabled me to bring together an amazing group of international artists and pursue an exciting curatorial project," says Santry.

alienate/demonstrate/edit with Yousuke Fuyama (Japan), Oliver Laric (Austria), Joseph Nerney (NZ), Vincent Riebeek (Holland), Sean Snyder (USA) opens at 6pm on Friday the 25th of May (with a performance by Vincent Riebeek) and runs until the 30th of June. 

Artspace gratefully acknowledges Dame Jenny Gibbs for her support of the Artspace Curatorial Intern programme.

For more information please contact Leah Mulgrew on +64 9 3034965 or email media@artspace.org.nz

Artspace receives major funding from Creative New Zealand