Rhana Devenport: Art is the highest form of hope
23 October 2021
In this talk ‘the churchie’ 2021 judge Rhana Devenport traces pivotal moments in her collaborations, commissions and projects with artists, from performances in the first Asia Pacific Triennial and artist residencies in Aotearoa New Zealand, to her current work as a curatorial advisor for the Aichi Triennale 2022 in Japan.
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Rhana Devenport is the first woman to hold the Director position at AGSA. She is a museum director, curator, editor, and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennials, and arts festivals. As former Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki she, in 2017, curated the work of Lisa Reihana for the New Zealand Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Prior to that she was Director of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth, leading to the development of the Len Lye Centre.In Australia she worked on the first four Asia Pacific Triennials at the Queensland Art Gallery. Her curatorial interests include contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media, and social practice.