A series of conversations on the love of the world
April - May, 2017

Gil HanlyGil Hanly, from the Graffiti series


What is most difficult” Arendt writes, “is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it.” in a letter to Karl Jaspers on August 6, 1955, she spoke of how she had only just begun to really love the world and expressed her desire to testify to that love in the title of what came to be published as The Human Condition: "Out of gratitude, I want to call my book about political theories Armor Mundi." 1

This title, which was forgotten in time, is an inspiration, point of departure and instruction for our conversations, discussions, readings and walks around Artspace’s neighbourhood and beyond. Imagining an institution beyond its architectural entity, branded identity or logo, this series of events intend to develop critical connections with potential outcomes.    

As part of this conceptual framework, Artspace is engaged with the research and production process of Blue Book, a solo exhibition by Gil Hanly in collaboration with Bowerbank Ninow. 

Amor Mundi will take the form of a series of conversations, each led by a special guest and held at a different venue around Karangahape Road. Blue Book will operate as a point of reference during this programme.


1. The Faith of Hannah Arendt: Amor Mundi and its Critique — Assimilation of Religious Experience. Bernauer, S. J. James.

Treat urself babe: Wānanga on looking after yourself and your friends 
AMOR MUNDI x Snakes and Ladders
Fresh and Fruity

Tuesday May 23, 6pm

Studio One Toi Tū

Fresh and Fruity

As part of the AMOR MUNDI conversation series and in partnership with the Snakes and Ladders Education Programme, Treat urself babe is a wellness wānanga centred around fostering healthy art ecologies. We will provide some wholesome kai and korero, conversing around mitigating emotional labour and feeling unwelcome or unsafe in the artworld. Using Rebecca Boswell’s On Friendship as a starting point, we will collectively discuss methods of self-care, forming meaningful relationships and ways to survive the ‘art game’.


Fresh and Fruity is an art collective based in Aotearoa/online. Founded in Ōtepoti as a physical space in 2014 it now exists entirely online and is run by Hana Pera Aoake (Tainui/Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Raukawa) and Mya Morrison-Middleton (Ngāi Tahu). Fresh and Fruity’s work has been shown and published across Aotearoa, as well as in Australia, the United States, the UK and Germany. Fresh and Fruity is a sexy new look designed to slowly smash the neocolonial Heteropatriarchy one sarcastic hashtag at a time.#cuterthanu


May 13, 2pm
#RealTalk: Safe Space / Best Practice
Panel discussion with Tanu Gago, Leilani Kake and Kolokesa Māhina-Tuai 
Produced and facilitated by Ema Tavola
Old Ōtāhuhu Library
12–16 High Street Ōtāhuhu


As part of Artspace's AMOR MUNDI conversation series, this event seeks to unpack the notion of safe space within the context of curating and programming arts and culture in Aotearoa.

Hear from a panel of creative professionals working at the interface of institutions and communities, navigating the tectonic plates of cultural difference and the tricky terrain of social inclusion. 

Join us in the old Ōtāhuhu Library, a mixed use community facility located in the rapidly changing, gentrification capital of South Auckland. 

Refreshments, including tea, provided.

Tanu Gago is an artist, photographer, producer and queer activist currently working as the community engagement coordinator Pacific for the New Zealand AIDS Foundation working in HIV prevention. He is a founding member of the Love Life Fono Charitable Trust set up to drive community-led social development for Rainbow Pacific communities. Tanu is also the creative director of the FAFSWAG Arts Collective. 

Leilani Kake (Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Manihiki, Rakahanga) is an artist and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology, and a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Leilani’s arts practice is rooted within New Zealand and Cook Island Māori ideology, speaking to the universal human condition of identity, culture, tradition and change through deeply visceral personal stories. She currently works as Gallery Coordinator at Papakura Art Gallery, a community arts facility in South Auckland.

At the heart of Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai’s curatorial practice is her strong foundation of Tongan indigenous knowledge and practice. This gives her a unique understanding and appreciation of the depth and breadth of Moana Pacific arts when applied through their own respective lenses, and informs her relationships and collaborations with artists from different island nations. From museums and galleries to grassroots community organisations, and through exhibitions, events, commissioned works, conferences and publications, Kolokesa champions the importance of a holistic and cyclical perspective of Moana Pacific arts that is rooted in indigenous knowledges and practices. She currently works as Project Curator Pacific at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum. 

Originally from Suva, Fiji, Ema Tavola has lived and worked within the creative sector in South Auckland, New Zealand since 2002. Her research is practice-based and concerned with curating as a mechanism for social inclusion and the activation of contemporary Pacific art by Pacific audiences. She was the founding curator of Fresh Gallery Otara and now talks and blogs frequently on grassroots curating and community engagement. More here:


May 12, 6pm
Ngahiraka Mason
: Wananga from the Inside Out: Renewing a reverence for love
Samoa House
Samoa House Lane

Ngahiraka Mason 


Our external lives are a mirror to the internal worlds we inhabit. We can awaken to our own potential through wānanga (enlightened discussion) from the inside out. Together with renewing a reverence for love, wānanga is the practice of showing the spectrum of our physical, mental, spiritual and creative histories—forward and back. These continuums are not stand-alone events but are intertwined meditations to expand our interpretations of our human existence. In this way, wānanga are penetrable understandings of our conceptions of our humanness. My self-task is to understand, interpret and imagine the possibilities. 

Ngahiraka Mason is a researcher, curator and writer. Her interests strongly relate to old knowledge and new understandings within indigenous sites of knowledge to generate awareness of historical, modern and contemporary art and art practice, exhibition making, writing and thinking. Mason is the Curator of Honolulu Biennial 2017, she is the former Indigenous curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand. She lives and works in Honolulu, Hawaii.


May 6, 2pm
1/300 Karangahape Road


"We are connected. Degrees of separation are becoming closer as communication and technological advancements amplify. As the planet is revealing the large pocks of capitalist intentions, our consumption patterns are becoming normative in our natures. Flip: A Consuming Game addresses contemporary consumption and the people, resources and the methods it draws from."

- Aata.

Aata is an artist who practices in printmaking, photography, video, and sculpture. Her practice involves non-traditional materials in forms such as inflatable structures and large scale pop-up books. Aata is influenced by Oceania futurism and synchronicity. Her recent work contemplates the considerations of consumption and detailed freedoms. She is involved with Oceania literary collectives and collaborative projects.

Aata has studied with Gaye Chan and Charles Cohan from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. She has worked alongside artist, Edgar Heap of Birds. This year, Aata’s work can be viewed at the 'Yirramboi Festival' in Melborne, Australia and at ‘Ae kai, A Culture Lab on Convergence', Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

Maria Lind, Situating the Curatorial 
Thursday April 20 
Auckland Methodist Central Parish
The Sunday School Hall, 78 Pitt Street, Newton, Auckland

Maria Lind

Maria Lind in Auckland


Watch Maria Lind, Situating the Curatorial presented by e-flux 2017

Maria Lind is a curator, writer, and educator based in Stockholm, where she was born in 1966. She is director of Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, and professor of artistic research at the Art Academy in Oslo. She has contributed widely to newspapers, magazines, catalogues and other publications. Among her recent co-edited publications are 'Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets: A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios', 'Performing the Curatorial: With and Beyond Art, and Art' and the 'F Word: Reflections on the Browning of Europe', all at Sternberg Press.