Francis McWhannell Writer and exhibition-maker

Postcards from Papatoetoe

A pop-up & pocket exhibition

For this exhibition, The Pantograph Punch asked eight Aotearoa artists to produce a series of posters and postcards responding to the display site, the soon-to-be-renovated mall in the centre of Old Papatoetoe.

While they vary widely in appearance, the works share some common themes. A number of them question the ways in which Papatoetoe and its neighbouring suburbs are changing with the spread of gentrification into South Auckland. Several make reference to the Pacific and Indian communities associated with Old Papatoetoe. Some express the artists’ personal connections to the area and its people.

The posters will remain on display until refurbishment of the mall commences in August. You are welcome to take some of the postcards away with you—to keep for yourself, or to pass on to family and friends.


Organised by The Pantograph Punch as part of the first iteration of Satellites. Learn more on The Pantograph Punch.

Postcards from Papatoetoe: A pop-up & pocket exhibition
Curated by Francis McWhannell with assistance from Ema Tavola

21 July to 12 October 2016
Old Papatoetoe mall
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.