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Shahzia Sikander in New Zealand Festival of the Arts

After dark each night of the Festival, multiple sites along the Wellington waterfront will light up with an array of large-scale artworks.

Throughout history, public spaces have been the setting for both shared catharsis and collective imagination. Into the Open is a programme of moving-image artworks that will be projected along the waterfront throughout the Festival. Responding to the programmes curated by Lemi Ponifasio, Laurie Anderson and Bret McKenzie, this three-week series brings into the open artistic visions of what it means to be human, together.

Every Monday, the artworks will change to reflect the spirit of each Guest Curator’s vision, so come back each week to experience art in the open. Follow the pathway of artworks or linger with a moment painted large with light.


Week One: Sat 22 Feb – Sun 1 Mar
Movement, rhythm and stillness govern the selection of artworks for the first week of the Festival. These artists understand gesture as a way of connecting with memory, artistic tradition and emotions that have travelled across generations.

Shahzia Sikander will be exhibiting video work The Last Post, 2010. 

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