Politics of Sharing: On Collective Wisdom

Lonnie Hutchinson, KUNCI, Local Time, Daniel Maier-Reimer and Shannon Te Ao, Natalie Robertson with John Miller, Peter Robinson, Gabriel Rossell-Santillán, Kalisolaite 'Uhila

Co-conceived by Elke aus dem Moore and Misal Adnan Yıldız 
Launching February 2–6 in Waitangi with Local Time

Exhibition dates: March 4 – April 1, 2017
Venue: ICL Building, Level 7, 10 – 14 Lorne Street, Auckland Central 
Open 10am – 6pm Tuesday to Friday & 11am – 4pm Saturdays 

Film programme: "Imaginary Date Line" with works from Pilimi Manu, Jeremy Leatinu'u, Darcell Apelu, Vea Mafile'o, Shannon Te Ao, Rik Wilson, Janet Lilo and Nova Paul
Venue: Ōtara Cube, March 4 – April 

Public Programme


Local TimeTe Rimu fireplace. Making rewena bread. (2017) Photo credit: Local Time

Every exhibition is a collectively shared form of an ideal, intellectual, public "mental" space, bringing together co-authors, points of reference, and forms of knowledge. This provisional map is a constant negotiation between discussion partners with their mappings of time and space, reflecting their individual realities. As a presentation, an exhibition allows public access to its makers' latest editorial decisions, final data-rendering and temporary design structure. What happens when it is born as an idea in one hemisphere and moved to another? How does it become an ongoing exhibition process starting with a research visit, an exchange of artist residencies, and experimental open studios? Under what conditions can an exhibition continue to develop content internationally along with local cultural codes? What happens to this cultural context, intellectual climate and everyday realities and how can these communicate with diverse audiences?


In Politics of Sharing an antipodean perspective crosses with a Continental/European approach to create a trilogy of exhibitions with unfolding content in three phases: Berlin, Stuttgart and Auckland. Departing from the organisational challenge of being produced in between two hemispheres the project naturally involves questions around sharing, distributing and resourcing, but also respectfully aims to learn from Māori knowledge to challenge a "Westernised" currency. Based on possible translations of some of its key references -such as marae, wānanga, and whakapapa- into a contemporary art context, the exhibition intends to create open conversations about the ways which define how we live together on our planet. An immediate example could be the critical way of reconsidering how we approach each other. The European form of handshake, which might be taken as a reciprocal declaration of solidarity, is here replaced by the hongi, which defines the exchange of the breath we share. Māori cosmogonic creation narratives also focus on the notion of sharing, by looking at the relationship between Ranginui and Papatuanuku who open up the space between them, for an ever-spiraling cycle of creative potential. The complexities of the human condition are explained through the multitude of their offspring. The cultural understanding of whakapapa, which literally translates as making layers upon the earth, shows itself socio-economically in culturally specific aspects of landownership, property and organisation of public space. The exhibition is inspired by this discussion, and reminds us of a simple reality that surrounds us as human beings: As we look at the same sky we share the same air.  


The exhibition “Politics of Sharing” has been developed in collaboration with Germany’s ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), an institutional structure that promotes cultural dialogues; it was first launched in ifa’s Berlin gallery, and later travelled to Stuttgart during 2016. 


Read the works list, bios and text here  

Public Programme


February 2 – 6, 2017, Waitangi 

Local Time: Waitangi 2-Feb-2017 - 6-Feb-2017 1000+1300

Local Time’s contribution to Politics of Sharing will be to extend the opportunities for exchange, and collective, situational learning within the exhibition by undertaking fieldwork at Te Tii Marae during the lead up to Waitangi Day. Local Time have worked with Ngāpuhi photographer John Miller to collaboratively offer a presentation of his work, and the opportunity for people to hear his kōrero. This project builds on Local Time’s previous work facilitating conversations in ways attentive to the rhythms and histories of place, and engaging the dynamics of visitor and host in the context of mana whenua and discourses of indigenous self-determination. The results of the visit will be shared with the Artspace audience during discussion events for the exhibition.


Saturday March 4, 7am–12pm, Ōtara Markets

Sharing time in Ōtara

Organised by Siliga David Setoga
Visit Artspace at the Ōtara markets. Join us for a special tour to the Ōtara Cube to launch Artspace NZ’s video programme Imaginary Date Line with works from Pilimi Manu, Jeremy Leatinu'u, Darcell Apelu, Vea Mafile'o, Shannon Te Ao, Rik Wilson, Janet Lilo and Nova Paul, on view until April 1. 


Saturday March 4, 2pm, Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium

Natalie Robertson in conversation with Gabriel Rossell-Santillán
Artists Working with Generous Forms of Genealogies

Natalie Robertson (Ngati Porou/Clan Donnachaidh) proposes a critical question in the Maori context of whether any ‘marae’ or any event within there can be photographed, in reference to the cultural interpretation of image, moral permission and communal identity.  In his work, Gabriel Rossell Santillán (Mexico) utilises drawing, performance, photography and video in order to create specific narratives that act as epistemologies in sharing authorships, indigenous critical thinking, feminists of colour and queer thinkers. These epistemologies explore subaltern and alternative forms of knowledge transfer,  often highlighting the body through interaction with smell, heat, humidity etc. Departing from their conversations in Stuttgart when they met in an earlier iteration of the Politics of Sharing show, Natalie Robertson and Gabriel Rossell-Santillán will present their works and develop a common discussion ground about their learning experiences, challenges and strategies of and working experiences with their ancestral histories. Questions will rise around ethics, responsibilities and methodologies of their research and practices…

Wednesday March 22, 6pm at Lorne Street

Kunci in conversation with Local Time
Sharing is Thinking Together | Thinking Together is Sharing

Debate on Research-Studio-Exhibition 

Before the exhibition Politics of Sharing debuted at the ifa Gallery in Berlin, Indonesian artist collective Kunci initiated a programme of discussions and events around the term “numpang", and subsequently Local Time presented selected works from John Miller at the Waitangi Treaty Weekends as part of their field survey for 'Politics of Sharing’s' Auckland episode. Research and fieldwork are important elements in their practices, that intertwined with ruptured mobility experiences. To move outside of and (sometimes) within the scope of studio, study, and politics of exhibition, this stimulates the discussion about the meaning of the field, home, people, and knowledge produced in the process. How should the materiality of social interaction, later used as the source of artistic or intellectual production, be perceived and appreciated? Would it be sufficient to refer to it as data, information, story, or cultural material? Can residency be equated with fieldwork? A residency might appear as short-term fieldwork to provide avenues for collaboration with different people from multiple planes of positioning and discursive strategies. Departing from their practices, Local Time and Kunci will share their perspectives and attempts at redefining the meaning of their situated works and knowledge.