Upcoming Exhibitions

Lucien Rizos: Everything
Curated by Robert Leonard 
22 October – 18 December 2022

Lucien Rizos is a Wellington-based photographer and film-maker who describes himself as operating on the fringes of the art world. He has recently completed the marathon task of documenting the personal possessions of his uncle, Gerald O’Brien (1924–2017) who was the NZ Labour Party MP for Island Bay (1969–78). He has called this project Everything. Amongst O’Brien’s papers, Rizos found an extraordinary secret project that engaged O’Brien from childhood into the 1980s. This is a fictional world O’Brien created which serves as the focal point for Rizos’ exhibition. Working with independent curator, Robert Leonard, Rizos presents large-scale photographs of the interior of O’Brien’s home, taken after he died in 2017; a selected sampler of digital images Rizos has compiled of everything in O’Brien’s possession sorted by topic or category; display cases containing archival material relating to O’Brien’s private world, including hundreds of cut-out and painted figures–all individualised and named, who are the public office holders of this secret world–maps, hand-written fictional newspapers, and constructed histories of political events and military engagements. This is the first time O’Brien’s private world will have seen the light of day.

Megan Dunn: The Mermaid Chronicles 
with works by Andrew Brusso, Olivia Erlanger, Julia Holden, Alexis Hunter, Suzanne Husky, Brett Stanley, Lena Maria Thüring, and featuring Annette Kellerman, MeduSirena, Hannah Mermaid, Merman Jax, and Julie Atlas Muz 
22 October – 18 December 2022

Megan Dunn is the 2022 Writer in Residence at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington. Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery has invited her to realise an exhibition that complements the writing project she is working on whilst undertaking this prestigious residency. This will bring to completion her longstanding fascination with mermaids and the world of professional mermaiding. Dunn has curated an exhibition of photographs, moving-image works, artefacts, sculptures, and texts that track her fascinations and bring to attention some of the key professional mermaids she has researched and interviewed. The show will combine works by contemporary artists and professional underwater photographers, as well as showcase some of the items Dunn has accumulated as she has immersed herself in this fascinating world. It will show case the grace and athleticism of the professional mermaid, and deepen our understanding of the roles mermaids play in our imaginative and real relationships with the sea.