Join Dr Albert L Refiti, Associate Professor of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology with artists Sosefina Andy and Matt Coldicutt for a guided walk through the exhibition Rebellious Modernities.

Inspired by the concept of ‘anarchitecture’, a term coined by the late artist and architect Gordon Matta-Clark (1943–1978), the exhibition proposes a rebellious deconstruction of notions of private and public space by engaging artists who propose to build strategies for survival, resistance and the recovery of memory. The artists together with Dr Refiti will take guests on a conversational walk-and-talk through the exhibition, exploring creative responses to issues ranging from Aotearoa’s ongoing housing crisis to modernist parameters of architectural value.

Guests are invited to stay on after the discussion for the final iteration of Yonel Watene’s performance, Labour of love (saving money cutting corners), 2019 within Te Tuhi’s Iris Fisher Gallery.

About the speakers:

Dr Albert L Refiti (b. Sāmoa) is Associate Professor of Art Design at Auckland University of Technology. Dr Refiti is internationally recognised for his research in the field of Pacific spatial and architectural environments, on which he has taught and published extensively over the past 20 years. His current research considers the links between traditional Pacific thought and contemporary art and architecture in the Pacific diaspora.

Sosefina Andy (b. Sāmoa) graduated with a Masters of Visual Arts from Auckland University of Technology in 2018. She was the inaugural recipient of Te Papa’s Helen Hitchings scholarship for postgraduate fine art students in 2017. Andy’s artistic practice focuses on the role of craft-making as a mode of adaptation that is driven by generational knowledge passed down from ancestors.

Matt Coldicutt (b. Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa NZ) graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Studies from Auckland School of Architecture (2008), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts (2010) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) at The University of Auckland (2011). His art practice seeks to investigate balance and instability surfacing from urban development and convoluted social-spatial crisis through reflections, unrealistic propositions and alternative situations.


  • Free


  • Sat 29 Feb


  • 2:00 pm — 3:00 pm


  • 13 Reeves Road
  • Pakuranga, Auckland 2010