Brett Graham talk – Between Savage and Civilized

Brett Graham

Between Savage and Civilized:

Negotiating a Space for Indigenous Art in the 21st Century

Talk: 8:00 p.m. |9 Saturday August

Neutral Ground|Contemporary Art Forum

One of New Zealand’s most accomplished sculptors, Brett Graham (Ngati Koroki Kahukura) is highly regarded for his ability to turn complex historical and cultural ideas into strong sculptural forms.  Brett Graham installations are often referred to as “memory sculptures”— works that attempts, in an age of cyber-capitalism and media-induced amnesia, to evoke more cogent and embodied reflections on the present and the past.

Brett Graham holds a PHD from University of Auckland, and his work has been included in solo and group exhibitions worldwide, such as the collateral programme of the 2007 Venice Biennale, the 2010 Biennale of Sydney and most recently a 2013 exhibition Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art at the National Gallery of Canada.  Earlier this year, Brett Graham participated in the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York as a part of Creative New Zealand’s visual arts residency program.

This summer Brett Graham will be an artist-in-residence in Regina.  Brett Graham’s residency will culminate in the creation of a new work that will be exhibited onsite as part of a future exhibition WANTED for Neutral Ground Contemporary Art Forum and other venues. WANTED addresses the various formal and conceptual issues of space, time, process, and material.  The exhibition explores the relationships between consumption, desirable objects and their temporal nature to create something which extends beyond installation and sculpture.  The exhibition will open in 2015 with works by international and national artists selected by curator Elizabeth Matheson.



Brett Graham’s residency is made possible by the Saskatchewan Arts Board with support from the University of Regina. For more information visit

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