The 2nd Auckland Triennial: PUBLIC/PRIVATE Tumatanui/Tumataiti


exhibition Details

Key events

Co-curators: Ngahiraka Mason, Indigenous Curator, Māori Art, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Ewen McDonald, Independent Curator, Australia

In accord with the aspirations for the Triennials, the 2nd Triennial presented the works of New Zealand artists alongside works by new and established artists internationally and promoted the life and vitality of contemporary art practice in New Zealand within broader international art and cultural contexts.

It sought to build on the first with a topical and challenging theme, by engaging different contexts, and involving participants and networks nationally and internationally in Auckland. To this end it invited the Gallery's Indigenous Curator, Māori Art to co-curate the event with an independent Australian-based curator.

Thirty-nine leading and emerging artists from New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Republic of South Africa, Russia, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States were invited to open up, probe and consider the idea of privacy, creating a dynamic experiential dimension for audiences to enjoy and discuss.

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Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, New Gallery and main building forecourt, Artspace, George Fraser Gallery, The Gus Fisher Gallery, projection site on High St.



The 2nd Triennial, by curators Ngahiraka Mason and Ewen McDonald, was conceived to present a cross-cultural and cross-media event that would challenge and capture public imagination. Public/Private: Tumatanui/Tumataiti explored a set of sub-themes including identity and hybridity; love, joy and despair; private desires; public/private surveillance; social structures; and the divided self.

The curators also invited New Zealand and international writers and critics to consider and respond to a discourse generated by the theme, as part of its contemporary visual arts experience.



Artists in red, indicate works that were acquired from the exhibition and form the Auckland Triennial Collection

  • Mark Adams, New Zealand*
  • Laurie Anderson, United States of America
  • Tiong Ang, Netherlands
  • John Barbour, Australia
  • Polly Borland, United Kingdom/Australia
  • Louisa Bufardeci, Australia
  • Mutlu Çerkez, Australia
  • Chris Cunningham, United Kingdom
  • Margaret Dawson, New Zealand
  • et al., New Zealand*
  • Kathleen Herbert, United Kingdom
  • Jenny Holzer, United States of America
  • Lonnie Hutchinson, New Zealand*
  • Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Russia/USA
  • Kao Chung-Li, Taiwan
  • Emiko Kasahara, Japan
  • William Kentridge, South Africa
  • Jakob Kolding, Denmark
  • Lauren Lysaght, New Zealand*
  • Emily Mafile'o, Tonga, New Zealand
  • Thando Mama, South Africa
  • Senzeni Marasela, South Africa
  • Teresa Margolles, Mexico
  • Andrew McLeod, New Zealand*
  • Julia Morison, New Zealand*
  • Callum Morton, Australia
  • Fiona Pardington, Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Kāti Waewae, New Zealand*
  • Neil Pardington, Kai Tahu, Kāti Mamoe, Kāti Waewae, New Zealand
  • Robert Pulie, Australia
  • Lisa Reihana, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāti Tu, New Zealand*
  • Catherine Rogers, Australia
  • Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Australia
  • Ava Seymour, New Zealand
  • Lorna Simpson, United States of America
  • Sean Snyder, Germany/United States of America
  • Kathy Temin, Australia*
  • Hulleah J Tsinhnahjinnie, United States of America
  • Jane and Louise Wilson, United Kingdom
  • Yuan Goang-Ming, Taiwan



The 2nd Auckland Triennial catalogue Public/Private: Tumatanui/Tumataiti was co-edited by Ngahiraka Mason and Ewen McDonald. 176 pages. RRP $30

The curators' essay and essay by Tobias Berger reflected the Triennial theme and sub-themes. An alphabetical section on the artists included commissioned essays on each artist, list of works and brief artist biographies.

Full list of artist page contributors: Laurie Anderson, Tiong Ang, Carolyn Black, Polly Borland, Mutlu Çerkez, M. Chance, Paolo Colombo and Elizabeth Janus, Atom Egoyan, Juliana Engberg, Mark Holborn, David Holthouse, Giovanni Intra, Chrissie Isles, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Emiko Kasahara, William Kentridge, Jakob Kolding, Stuart Koop, Robert Leonard, Stuart McKenzie, Thando Mama, Senzeni Mthwkazi Marasela, Cuauhtemoc Medina, Michael Newall, Sean O'Toole, Veronica Passalacqua, Fuli Pereira, Marjetica Potrc with Sean Snyder, Robert Pulie, Catherine Rogers, Beatrix Ruf, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Peter Shand, Chiara Bersi Serlini, Ann Shelton, Luo Shujun, Anna Smith, Kathryn Smith, Christina Stachurski, Kathy Temin, Nicholas Thomas, Cynthia Troup, Yuan Goang-Ming, Pamela Zeplin.

Free giveaway 'Auckland Remapped' with images by Emily Mafile'o. Published by Artspace

A free poster by Jakob Kolding. Published by Artspace


Key events


Living Structures: Public/Private Space was developed and presented in association with University of Auckland School of Architecture and the National Institute of Creative Arts and Industries. It was co-convened by Roger Taberner, Curator Education, Auckland Art Gallery and Dr Deidre Brown, Lecturer, School of Architecture, University of Auckland. Themes explored public and private spaces in architecture, urban planning and art as well as their cultural implications. Speakers included Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Jim Vivieaere, Dr Michael Linzey, Alert Refiti, Keri Waitiri, Rewi Thompson, Dr Misha Kavka, Stuart MacKenzie, Rachel Carley and Dr Nick Perry.


Talks, performances and events

Public programme activities stimulated a wider public engagement leading up to and during the Triennial. These included eight artist talks, and three general talks.


Family programmes

Three artists – Lonnie Hutchinson, Lauren Lysaght and Lisa Reihana – developed workshops for children. Regular free Sunday Kids sessions focussed on the Triennial.


Education groups

The Education programme targeted secondary, tertiary and adult visitors in the Auckland region and further afield. Exhibition tours and discussions were the main feature of this programme



List of archives held at the E H McCormick Library, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

  • Video resources
  • Reviews: New Zealand Herald (Malcolm Burgess); Art Monthly Australia, vol.70 (Stephen Naylor); Art & Australia, vol.42/1 (Helen Grace). Not available to view online – please contact the Library



The 2nd Auckland Triennial could not have been realised without the assistance and cooperation of the following partners, patrons, sponsors and supporters:

Triennial Partners:
Auckland Art Gallery
George Fraser Gallery
The Gus Fisher Gallery

Major supporters:
Foundation Patron, Sue Fisher Art Trust
Chartwell Trust
Jenny Gibbs
Graeme Edwards
Harriet Friedlander
Noel Lane and Amanda Gibbs
Georgina and Jolyon Ralston

Cultural agencies:
Creative New Zealand
British Council
Asia 2000
Museums Aotearoa
Mondriaan Foundation
The Japan Foundation/Biennale of Sydney
Embassy of the United States of America
Embassy of Mexico
Arts Council England
Arts Victoria
Danish Arts Council

Supporting sponsors:
Principal Sponsor: Simpson Grierson Limited
The University of Auckland
City Life Auckland
Montana Wines
Singapore Airlines
Aalto Colours

Core funder:
Auckland City Council

Curated by
Ngahiraka Mason and Ewen McDonald
Free entry

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