Artspace

THE BILL: For Collective Unconscious

Billy Apple®, Amy Blinkhorne, Teghan Burt and George Rump, Fiona Clark, Black Cracker and GFS, Léuli Eshraghi, Alicia Frankovich, Nan Goldin, Félix González-Torres, Nilbar Güreş, Dale Harding, Samuel Hodge, Lonnie Hutchinson, Paul Johns, William E. Jones, Yuki Kihara, Grant Lingard, Alex Monteith, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Catherine Opie, Emily Roysdon, Aykan Safoğlu, Ava Seymour, Jennifer Katherine Shields, Zackary Steiner-Fox, Jaimee Stockman-Young, Brian Tennessee Claflin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom of Finland®

March 12 - April 22
Artspace
Michael Lett
Starkwhite 

 

For Collective Unconscious
For Collective Unconscious, March 12 - April 22, Artspace. Photograph by Sam Hartnett
 
THE BILL's research-based exhibitions and events mark the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Homosexual Law Reform Act in Aotearoa New Zealand. Evolving from a solo presentation of work by senior New Zealand artist Fiona Clark, THE BILL will include eclectic forms of historical reconstruction, social gathering, and communal solidarity into its exhibition structure, as both a call and a group show.
 
Evolving from Fiona Clark's solo exhibition "For Fantastic Carmen" THE BILL will grow into a performance-based discussion platform and artist studio with a short residence and performances by Berlin based, American artist and musician Black Cracker, and Belin based designer GFS. In mid March the project becomes the group exhibition For Collective Unconscious including other works from artists born into a legal system where LGBTQIA identities were illegitimate and who, throughout their careers, have witnessed changes as part of an on-going global transformation. 
 
THE BILL not only aims to generate new perspectives on the history of queer identities in Aotearoa, but also to create an art historical bridge to a collective memory. It re-visits a specific social transition as a case study using historical material and artistic research from private and public archives and collections. The project will establish an exhibition ground for a plurality of voices including different generational statements, such as 'fighting for one's own rights', social acceptance and political organisation.     
 
Wolfgang Tillmans
Wolfgang Tillmans, Arms and legs, 2014 
 

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THE BILL PROGRAMME 

The exhibition layout and design within THE BILL evolves from a solo presentation to a group show through a schedule of events, discussions and performances. Instead of an opening night, THE BILL will accumulate conversations at moments of change and decision making.

PARALLEL DISCUSSION

February 8, 6pm

In conversation with Alicia Frankovich 


Artspace director Misal Adnan Yıldız will be in conversation with Alicia Frankovich in the occasion of her solo exhibition at Starkwhite The Female has Undergone Several Manifestations.  

THE BILL IS OUT! 

Programme Launch, Discussion and Screening
February 9, 6PM
Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium

Misal Adnan Yıldız will launch the curatorial project, THE BILL and invite Paula Booker from Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision to talk about their special screening programme.

Fiona Clark "For Fantastic Carmen" 
February 20 - March 12
Exhibition launch and Fiona Clark artist talk 
Saturday February 20
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PARALLEL EXHIBITION
For Pink Pussycat Club
February 20 – April 22


In a parallel exhibition within THE BILL, running February 20 - April 22, Artspace will collaborate with Starkwhite gallery, where Fiona Clark performed when she was an art student, when it was the famous adult entertainment venue, “The Pink Pussycat Club”.  www.starkwhite.co.nz 
 

QUEERING CONVERSATIONS
March 5 - April 22

Research and installation by Jaimee Stockman-Young for the Artspace Conversations room.
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Black Cracker at Neck of the Woods
March 9

Black Cracker for White Night 
March 12, 6pm - midnight

Berlin based, American artist and musician Black Cracker, in collaboration with Berlin based art director/designer Gerald Friedrich Spelsberg (GFS). 

"For Collective Unconscious
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March 12 – April 22

Billy Apple®, Amy Blinkhorne, Teghan Burt and George Rump, Fiona Clark, Black Cracker and GFS, Léuli Eshraghi, Alicia Frankovich, Nan Goldin, Félix González-Torres, Nilbar Güreş, Dale Harding, Samuel Hodge, Lonnie Hutchinson, Paul Johns, William E. Jones, Yuki Kihara, Grant Lingard, Alex Monteith, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Catherine Opie, Emily Roysdon, Aykan Safoğlu, Ava Seymour, Jennifer Katherine Shields, Zackary Steiner-Fox, Jaimee Stockman-Young, Brian Tennessee Claflin, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom of Finland®.

Artist Talk with Léuli Eshraghi and Lonnie Hutchinson
March 16
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Finissage Alex Monteith in conversation with Misal Adnan Yildiz
April 22 
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THE BILL has been possible, real and beautiful, and realised without any limits to our imagination through the encouragement, inspiration, involvement, lending, production, support and feedback of our key collaborators, discussion partners and friends: 

Fiona Clark, Paul Johns, Peter Robinson, Marry Morrison, Michael Lett and Samuel Holloway, Michael Lett Gallery, John McCormack and Starkwhite Gallery, Alex Monteith and Sarah Munro, Fiona Moorhead and Auckland Art Gallery, Michael Rade and SomoS, Milani Gallery, Wolfgang Tillmans Studio, Linda Tyler and University of Auckland, Karen Black, Hamish Sawyer, Sebastian Goldspink and Alaska Projects of Sydney, VAR Programme, Christchurch Art Gallery, Sharon Stanton, Matthew Marks Gallery,  Galerie Martin Janda, Hazel and Tony Petrie, The Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand (LAGANZ), Paula Booker, Gareth Watkins and Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Tom of Finland Foundation, Reuben Paterson, Art Gallery of New South Wales.