Join the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery with friends at Samoa House Library to celebrate the launch of Uneven Bodies (reader) with kōrero and kai. Panellists include Lana Lopesi, Olyvia Hong, and Megan Tamati-Quennell, and facilitated by Hanahiva Rose.

Books will be available to purchase at a discounted price - please bring cash as there is no eftpos available. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

Uneven Bodies (Reader) is a comprehensive collection of original research and new writing produced as an outcome of a symposium of the same name held in Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2020. Initiated by artist Ruth Buchanan and accompanying the exhibition she curated, The Scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong, the texts investigate the politics of custodianship of institutional art collections today and ways the complex terrains of power are being addressed in contexts requiring decolonisation and partnerships.

The commissioned writing places specific emphasis on Indigenous positions, offering insights into local examples and thinking and placing these in an international conversation. Topics covered include collecting contemporary art both inside and outside the institution, repatriation, experiences of deaccession, and insights into Indigenous methodology in collection work. With keynote contributions from Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Gabi Ngcobo, Dr. Clémentine Deliss, and Wanda Nanibush and nine respected local thinkers, the Reader conveys the breadth of current discourse around Indigenous art in collections, the risks in deaccessioning and ways that communities can gain agency over culture managed by institutions. Reflections on alternative archives also offer examples of distinct forms and access.

The range of contributors bring rigour and important voices to discussion and debate about the future of cultural collections. Uneven Bodies (Reader) inserts new discussion in this dynamic field, raising awareness of issues to be addressed and bringing forward powerful ideas for change that can be made by thinkers, institutions and artists together.


  • Free


  • Sat 07 Aug


  • 2:00 pm — 4:00 pm


  • Samoa House Library
  • 283 Karangahape Road
  • Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland