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Uneven Bodies (Reader) Edited by Ruth Buchanan, Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh, Hanahiva Rose

Published by Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, Ngāmotu New Plymouth, 2021, 120 pages (single colour ill.), 21 × 29.7 cm, English

Price: €20

Uneven Bodies (Reader) is a comprehensive collection of writing produced as an outcome of a symposium of the same name held in Aotearoa New Zealand in early 2020 that addresses the politics of collections today and the complex terrain of power in which this conversation sits. The collection places specific emphasis on Indigenous positions, linking this into the so-called international paradigm. Topics covered include collecting contemporary both inside and outside the institution, repatriation, deaccession, and Indigenous methodology in collection work. With keynote contributions from Prof Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Gabi Ngcobo, Dr. Clémentine Deliss, and Wanda Nanibush and nine other positions, the readers offers a template for how we can imagine collecting in the future; full of mutated spaces we don’t yet know how to move in, full of powerful languages we still need to learn how to speak, together. Designed by HIT.

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