MFA graduate Hikalu Clarke, MFA candidate Christina Pataialii, BFA Fine Arts graduate Claudie Dunes and BFA Photo Media graduate Rainer Weston are included in a group exhibition The Tomorrow People curated by Adam Art Gallery curators Christina Barton, Stephen Cleland and Simon Gennard. The exhibition opened 22 July and will be on view until 1 October 2017.
The exhibition press release states:
"The Tomorrow People was an exercise in future-oriented thinking. The exhibition brought together a selection of works from an emerging generation of artists that offer urgent, resourceful and playful possibilities for navigating troubling times.
The Tomorrow People emerged from a set of provocations around politics and creative practice in the present. Rather than attempting to offer answers, the show and its accompanying public programme invited open-ended discussion around the potentials and limitations of artmaking today.
These questions included: how have three decades of neoliberal policy, financialised capitalism, and global economic crises shaped our horizons of possibility for individual and collective living in Aotearoa New Zealand? If the once utopian possibilities of the Internet now seem worn, what potential remains within our thoroughly networked present for the articulation, undermining and imagining of identities, the forging of new bonds, and the building of spaces of care, social justice and emergence? Can art provide a site for solidarity, world-making, and refuge in an increasingly volatile contemporary moment? And if so, who gets a stake in the creation and maintenance of this site, and how do we extend the invitation of art to those who have otherwise been ignored, belittled, and kept at the periphery?..."
The Tomorrow People has been reviewed by art critics on a number of platforms:
'Futures Trading’ by Emil McAvoy on EyeContact
‘How New Zealand’s Millennial Artists are Confronting Generational Stigma’ by Lana Lopesi on Vice
‘Giving Shelter’ by Mark Amery on The Big Idea
‘Murmurings & Millennials’ by Chloe Geoghegan on Pantograph Punch
‘The Tomorrow People’ by Jane Wallace on The Salient