auckland

4th Auckland Triennial

Various Venues

New Zealand recently made an appearance in the world media as the source of a novelty news item when a kakapo, a critically endangered flightless parrot, attempted to mate with the head of a presenter on the BBC television show Last Chance to See. The tension in such a rare, perhaps vanishing opportunity is offered as a “condition for viewing” by curator Natasha Conland in her Auckland Triennial, a thematic exhibition that is the country’s smaller, much younger relative of the Biennale of Sydney. Conland inflects her themes of “risk and adventure” with the title “Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon,” a figure derived from Marine Hugonnier’s video The Last Tour, 2004, which imagines a near future in which the Matterhorn is to be closed to the public and we take a final ride around the peak by balloon.

Capitalist risk and its environmental effects are a recurrent concern in the show, treated most

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