“We look at things as black and white when there’s so much grey. Even people that think they’re in the black and white – they often have a foot in the grey. We all do. Its impossible not to.” –Martine Gutierrez
Queer Algorithms features artists whose artwork, commentary and activism is reconfiguring new algorithms for change against continued systems of exclusion. Resisting labels, binaries and the need to categorise, Queer Algorithms is conceived from an intersectional viewpoint where gender fluidity and identities are understood as always multifarious and in flux. The timely nature of this exhibition cannot be overstated with a severe lack of programming of major group exhibitions by queer artists in New Zealand’s public art galleries. Featuring artworks never seen before in Aotearoa alongside six individual panels from the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt, Queer Algorithms provides a nuanced look at what it means to exist beyond the binaries.
Supporting this exhibition is our most extensive public programme to date including a series of events curated by and for queer and Trans communities. On the opening day of the exhibition, The New Zealand AIDS Foundation will be onsite to discuss the state of HIV in Aotearoa today and the ongoing community art project, The New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt. UK-based artist John Walter will be visiting Tāmaki Makaurau in March to perform one of his beloved ‘jestered-drag’ performances, and other highlights include a queer coding workshop and a panel talk on banning conversion therapy in Aotearoa.