Unnerved the New Zealand Project
written by Maud Page
Queensland Art Gallery | ISBN 9781921503115
Paperback – 192 pages
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The Queensland Art Gallery presents UNNERVED: THE NEW ZEALAND PROJECT, the second in a series of country-specific exhibition projects focusing on its contemporary collections. Since the 1990s, the Gallery's holdings of contemporary work from New Zealand have grown rapidly, partly through increased awareness and interest in the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art exhibitions. UNNERVED, and its accompanying publication, explores a particularly rich dark vein that recurs in New Zealand contemporary art and cinema. Psychological or physical unease pervades many works in the exhibition, with humour, parody and poetic subtlety among the strategies used by artists across generations and genres. Major sculptures by Michael Parekowhai, installations by Lisa Reihana and Michael Stevenson and photographic series by Yvonne Todd, Anne Noble and Greg Semu feature alongside video art by Sriwhana Spong and Nathan Pohio. The exhibition is accompanied by the film program, New Zealand Noir.