New Zealand at Venice: Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara

Caren Rangi, Commissioner of New Zealand’s presentation at the Biennale Arte 2022 and Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

“The selection of Yuki was a significant one, highlighting that we are overdue to be including Pacific Indigenous perspectives in global dialogues. Biennale Arte (the Venice Biennale) provides an exceptional opportunity for international exposure for New Zealand art and our artists to showcase their work on the world cultural stage.”

Caren Rangi

Commissioner, New Zealand at the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2022

First Impressions: Paul Gauguin (2018) episodic talk show

Paradise Camp (2022) photographic series

Paul Gauguin with a hat (After Gauguin) (2022)

Advisory Council

Lisa Havilah, chief executive of the Powerhouse Museum

Leasiolagi Dr Malama Meleisea, former director of the Centre for Samoan Studies, National University of Samoa; founding director of Macmillan Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at Canterbury University; and director at Centre for Pacific Studies at Auckland University, New Zealand

Lelei TuiSamoa LeLaulu, chairman of the Earth Council Alliance, advises the Pacific Ocean Commissioner, and director of the Caribbean Media Exchange

Daniela Morera, curator, editor and former model based in Milan and New York; former European editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine; and New York correspondent for Italian Vogue

Chantal Spitz, Tahitian author who has written a range of poems, essays and novels and is a founding member of the Tahitian literary magazine Littéramā‘ohi

Megan Tamati-Quennell, (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāi Tahu and Kāti Mamoe), Curator of Modern & Contemporary Māori ∓ Indigenous Art at Te Papa in Wellington, and Indigenous Curator Contemporary Art | Kairauhī Taketake Toi Onāianei at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth

Left to right, top to bottom: Lisa Havilah, photo: Toby Burrows; Leasiolagi Dr Malama Meleisea, photo: Vaitogi Asuisui Matafeo; Lelei TuiSamoa LeLaulu, photo: Sose Annandale; Daniela Morera, photo: Self Timer at Andy Warhol Office, 860 Broadway New York City 1985; Chantal Spitz, photo: Mataaiai Malissa Itchner; Megan Tamati-Quennell, photo: Michael Hall

New Zealand at Venice Patrons

NZ at Venice Executive Committee

Caren Rangi, Commissioner of New Zealand’s presentation at the Biennale Arte 2022 and Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa 

Claire Chamberlain and Leigh Melville, Heads of New Zealand at Venice Patrons

Charlotte Davy, Head of Art, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 

Reuben Friend, former Director, Pataka Art + Museum

Courtney Sina Meredith, Director, Tautai

Creative New Zealand staff, Cath Cardiff, Angus Evison, Haniko Te Kurapa

NZ at Venice Project Team

Commissioner of New Zealand’s presentation at the Biennale Arte 2022 and Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa: Caren Rangi

Kaihautū Haniko Te Kurapa

Project Director Jude Chambers

Senior Managers Cath Cardiff and Angus Evison

Project Co-ordinator Rubee Prattley-Jones

Communications Heather Byrne

Audience and Development Manager Cassandra Wilson

Business Service Team Paul Dow and Anne Joyce

Venice Exhibition Manager Diego Carpentiero

Exhibition Designer Anita Gigi Budai

Designer Ashlea O’Neill, Salt Camp Studio

Website and Virtual Explore Developers TBWA and Digital Arts Network

Event co-ordinator Alice Tibaldi

Special thanks to Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa staff Makerita Urale, Kawika Aipa and Paul Lisi. 

Special acknowledgment to the New Zealand Embassy in Italy and its staff: Anthony Simpson, New Zealand Ambassador to Italy, Daniel Wai-Poi, Deputy Head of Mission, and Claudia Grosso, Policy Adviser. Their continued support ensures a successful presentation of New Zealand art at the Biennale. We would also like to thank Trevor Matheson, the New Zealand High Commission to Samoa, Head of Mission, High Commissioner, and Reece Fitzgibbon, Second Secretary (Trade and Economic).