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 never used and forgotten in time, is an inspiration, point of departure and instruction for our conversations, discussions, readings and walks around Artspace’s neighbourhood. Imagining an institution beyond its architectural entity, branded identity or logo, this series of events intend to develop critical connections with potential communities.    

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.


April 20, 6pm  
Maria Lind, Situating the Curatorial 
Auckland Methodist Central Parish
The Sunday School Hall, 78 Pitt Street, Newton, Auckland

May 6, time tba 
Jessi Devera
1/300 Karangahape Road

May 12, time tba 
Ngahiraka Mason
Samoa House
Samoa House Lane


Dates to be announced:
Contributions from BOÇAY, Ema Tavola and Hana Aoake




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.