Micheal Do reveals his Auckland Art Fair early-career artist curation

Swat up on the art curator’s selects from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

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Micheal Do wears many hats. Not always all at once but always at least one. With art curator, programmer and writer strings to his bow, Do has immersed himself in the early-career artist scene and now announces his selects for Auckland Art Fair’s Projects 2021 exhibition.

Entitled Present Tense, six emerging creatives will have the opportunity to showcase their work to an eager audience. Casey Carsel, Tanya Martusheff, Lucy Meyle, Elisabeth Pointon, Becky Richards and Ashleigh Taupaki roll with the notion of ‘exchange’ in which to influence their newly commissioned pieces.

The non-profit exhibition was conceived to highlight the diverse talent of contemporary practitioners working across Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific. And, as an alternative model to the mostly commercial exchange, the six artists have created endless copies of an object (such as soap, abandoned birds’ nests and ceramic totems) that will be given away or traded with fair attendees to reinforce personal and communal bonds over the individualising effects of the cash-based exchange.

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