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Artspace welcomes Tendai John Mutambu as the 2016 Curatorial Assistant

Monday, 15 February 2016 12:54:56 p.m.

John Mutambu


Artspace welcomes Tendai John Mutambu as the 2016 Curatorial Assistant
John is a Zimbabwean-born emerging New Zealand curator with an interest in contemporary exhibition-making and curating’s intersection with writing, critical theory and postcolonial pedagogy.
Established in 2004, the Curatorial Assistant Programme (formerly called the Curatorial Internship) offers budding curators the unique opportunity to gain experience in, and contribute to Artspace’s curatorial programme. John will work with Artspace Director Misal Adnan Yildiz, and the Artspace team, alongside leading local and international artists and curators. His training at Artspace will culminate in an exhibition conceived and curated by John that will be a part of the Artspace programme in late 2016.

John has studied towards a Bachelor of Laws and Arts from the University of Auckland (to be completed in 2017). He was the 2013/14 Wright Family Intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. He has also held internship roles at The Gus Fisher Gallery, Hopkinson Mossman and Aotearoa’s pavilion at the 2015 Venice biennale. Most recently he co-edited the journal Parahistory #3 and working as a research assistant to the director and the principal curator at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.

“John’s decisive approach, analytical statements and political content clearly proved that he was the right fit for this year’s curatorial assistant position” says Misal Adnan Yildiz. “Especially, the way he responded to our exercises set for the interview which were brilliant, brave and personally political as well as politically personal”.

John is the 11th Artspace Curatorial Assistant, a key curatorial training postition in New Zealand. Artspace gratefully acknowledges Dame Jenny Gibbs for her continuing support of the Curatorial Assistant programme.  

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