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Potentially Yours, The Coming Community
Exhibitions Conversations International VisitorsTitle: Potentially Yours, The Coming Community
Dates: Thursday, 10 November 2016 - Thursday, 22 December 2016
Start time: 6:00pm
Location: 1/300 Karangahape Road
Venue: Artspace

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Exhibition tour
Exhibitions ConversationsTitle: Exhibition tour
Date: Saturday, 12 November 2016
Start time: 2:00pm
Location: 1/300 Karangahape Road
Venue: Artspace

Exhibition tour Join the exhibition curator and contributing artists Louise Menzies, Dan Nash and Sorawit Songsataya in a floor talk on the exhibition.

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Easy Listening Presents Martine Syms
Exhibitions Conversations International VisitorsTitle: Easy Listening Presents Martine Syms
Date: Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Start time: 6:00pm
Venue: Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium

On the occasion of Artspace NZ’s current exhibition Potentially Yours, The Coming Community, exhibiting artist Martine Syms will present her performative lecture, Misdirected Kiss. Previously presented in the US, Canada and the UK, this iteration of the work will mark its first time being performed in the Asia-Pacific region.

Misdirected Kiss tells a story about language, movement, and performance as observed in black female entertainers. Akin to Notes on Gesture, the four-channel video exhibited at Artspace NZ, much of Syms’ practice deploys fragments of social, televisual and cinematic media to tease out popular culture’s use of the black body as a ‘carrier of gestures’, both racialised and gendered.

Martine Syms’ artwork has been exhibited and screened extensively, including presentations at the New Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, MCA Chicago, Green Gallery, Gene Siskel Film Centre, and White Flag Projects. She has lectured at Yale University, SXSW, California Institute of the Arts, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University, and MoMA PS1, among other venues. Syms’ recently presented exhibitions include Borrowed Lady, SFU Galleries, Vancouver; Fact and Trouble, ICA London; Vertical Elevated Oblique, Bridget Donahue Gallery, New York. From 2007-2011 she was the co-director of the Chicago artist-run project space Golden Age, and she currently runs Dominica Publishing: an imprint dedicated to exploring blackness in visual culture. She is the author of Implications and Distinctions: Format, Content and Context in Contemporary Race Film (2011).

Easy Listening Talks in Contemporary Art and Culture is a collaborative project by ARTSPACE, Elam School of Fine Arts and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.

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