Artist Talk

Join artist Areez Katki and Enjoy director Vanessa Mei Crofskey in conversation with author Pip Adam, discussing Areez’s exhibition History reserves but a few lines for you.

Including a range of embroidered works produced over the last three years, History reserves but a few lines for you builds upon the artist’s ongoing enquiries into craft traditions, sites of queer intimacy and the complexities of migratory experience.

This talk is presented as part of CubaDupa’s Curators of Cuba series. During Aotearoa’s biggest street festival, Pip Adam, Mary Jane Duffy and Mark Amery present a roving discussion series with artists, curators and writers in the Cuba Street area.

History reserves but a few lines for you continues until 3 April.


Areez Katki’s practice explores his genetic heritage and landscape through processes that include writing, embroidery, weaving, painting and printmaking. Born into a Persian Zoroastrian family in Mumbai, India, his work addresses the social constructs of spirituality, postcolonial identity and sexuality while, at the same time, raising questions about the political nature of craft itself.

Areez has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland and recently completed a Masters in creative writing from Victoria University's International Institute of Modern Letters. Recent projects include Thieves’ Market, The National, Ōtautahi Chrictchurch, 2021; On Chroma, Sumer Gallery, Tauranga, 2020; Notes & Methods, Tim Melville Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 2020; Even the birds are walking (group), Latitude 53, Edmonton, Canada, 2020; Some Retained Delights, RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2019; Uncruising (solo culmination after a 3-month-long gallery residency), Phoenix, Athens, 2019; Come, Remember (with Ophelia King), Window Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2019 ; Making Conversation (group), The Dowse Museum, Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt, 2019; Bildungsroman, Malcolm Smith Gallery and the Otago Museum, Ōtepoti Dunedin 2019-20; Marabar Caves (group), The Gus Fisher Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau, 2017. Areez’s work is held by various public and private institutions across Aotearoa.


Like all of Enjoy’s programming, this event is free to attend. The gallery is wheelchair accessible, and is a two minute walk from public parking and inner city busy routes. The gallery's bathroom is gender neutral and wheelchair accessible.

Refreshments will be provided.


  • Free


  • Sat 27 Mar


  • 2:30 pm


  • 211 Left Bank
  • Te Aro
  • Pōneke Wellington