The 5th Auckland Triennial

If you were to live here... 

Yto Barrada (France/ Morroco)
Janet Lilo (New Zealand)
Cinthia Marcelle (Brazil)
Angelica Mesiti (Australia)
Bruno Serralongue (France)

Curated by Hou Hanru 
11 May - 13 July 

Public programme


The 5th Auckland Triennial opens in May at Auckland Art Gallery and seven additional sites, extending the Triennial’s reach across Auckland. Led by renowned curator Hou Hanru, If you were to live here... includes work by more than 30 New Zealand and international artists, collectives and architects.


Previously curator of major biennials including Lyon, Istanbul, and Guangzhou, Hou has invited artists to respond to the diverse cultural, social, architectural and urban characteristics of Auckland. ‘A triennial,’ he says, ‘is a space for producing new aesthetic forms and social spaces'.

Artists exhibiting at Artspace:
Yto Barrada’s art reflects her experiences of living in Tangier, and the realities and struggles of life in a city undergoing rapid development and modernisation. Her photography captures the quiet dramas that play out when the diversity of local people and wildlife give way to the mono-cultural visions of planners and developers. Supported by Institut Français. 
Janet Lilo is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the politics of space and the exploration of popular culture within a localised framework. Her work includes appropriated amateur photography and video from online platforms, music videos, vlogs (video logs) and experimental documentary. Supported by Creative New Zealand. 
Cinthia Marcelle’s video and photography deals with interventions in urban spaces or landscapes and frequently incorporates carefully choreographed, repetitive actions and elements of chaos. These works contain a sense of irony, where the absurd is presented with the appearance of certainty. Paradox is one of the concepts most linked to the performance method used by the artist, along with photography and video. 
Angelica Mesiti creates performance-based videos that analyse culture in a state of transformation due to social or economic shifts. Past projects have focused on traditional music, movement languages, and storytelling. At the core of her work is an ongoing interest in the potential of performed cultural practices as expressions of the particularities and history of a given place and community. Supported by Australia Council. 
Bruno Serralongue’s images show the lesser events on the margins of major events and provide alternatives to the linear narrative of news reports of photo essays. Employing a photojournalistic technique he has captured important long-lasting geo-political conflicts in countries including Kosovo, Sudan and Tibet as well as concerts, summits, forums, and demonstrations. His recent bodies of work reveal the effects of globalisation on those in developing countries. Supported by Institut Français. 
Artspace talks:
Sunday 12 May
11am Angelica Mesiti, artist talk
12pm French art critic and curator of Photographic Collections, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, Pascal Beausse discusses the photographs of Bruno Serralongue and Yto Barrada. 
Saturday 18 May, 2pm
Janet Lilo in conversation with Nina Tongaart historian and Professional Teaching Fellow, Centre for Pacific studies, The University of Auckland.
Saturday 6 July, 2pm 
Janet Lilo in conversation with Monique RedmondProgramme Leader, Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts, School of Art and Design, AUT University.

The 5th Auckland Triennial is presented by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki with Triennial Partner AUT University and exhibition partners Artspace, Auckland Museum, Fresh Gallery Otara, George Fraser Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery, ST PAUL St Gallery, Waterfront Auckland’s Silo Park and The Film Archive.

The 5th Auckland Triennial will run from 10 May until 11 August 2013. Artspace and the Film Archive exhibitions close on 13 July 2013.
Entry to each of the Triennial venues is FREE.