Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker


Projects 2019

The 2019 Projects Programme is titled Whanaungatanga—an expression that may be translated in English as ‘kinship’. Whanaungatanga is a key element of the kaupapa of Mokopōpaki on Karangahape Road, whose ongoing support and teaching I sincerely acknowledge. The principle provides the basis for the selection process as much as a theme for the presentation.

Having been involved in the two previous iterations of the Projects, I wished both to signal my repeated affiliation and—in some measure—to counteract it. Eschewing the ‘open call’ system used in the past, I invited a selection of ten ‘alumni’ from Projects 2018 to nominate the new cohort of artists, creating a line-up that reflects the networks of collegiality, friendship, and influence that underpin so much art-making.

The previous participants (nine artists and one curator) were given the option of nominating new artists, facilitating new presentations, or actively collaborating in their production. Whanaungatanga was positioned as an optional provocation, with the artists invited to make works exploring questions of their own choosing. As it happens, all have proposed projects that resonate with ideas of kinship, cooperation, and community—deemphasising the individual.


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Projects 2019: Whanaungatanga
Curated by Francis McWhannell

1 to 5 May 2019
Auckland Art Fair
The Cloud
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker


Francis McWhannell (b. 1985, Aotearoa New Zealand) is a writer and exhibition-maker based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. He is Curatorial Adviser for the dealer gallery Visions, and Curator of the Fletcher Trust Collection, a major private collection of Aotearoa art founded in 1962.