Emma Bugden

Emma Bugden is currently employed as Curatorial Director of Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand. She is a former Curator at City Gallery Wellington, and Director of The Physics Room, Christchurch, and was curator of the biennial survey exhibition, Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand, across multiple Wellington venues.

She has written for a variety of arts publications including Art New Zealand, Natural Selection, Log Illustrated and Art link, and was a founding member of the artist run spaces The Honeymoon Suite and the Black Cube. In 2005 she undertook a curatorial research residency at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki, and has curated exhibitions for spaces including Stuff, London; The Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide; and Southern Exposure, San Francisco.

While at PROGRAM, Emma will be undertaking research for the second part of Land Wars, Build, an exhibition project scheduled to take place at the Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Manukau City, Aotearoa New Zealand in May and June 2008.

Andrew Ross, The Woofters Club, No.274, Upper Cuba St, 5-5-02, (2002), C-type print. Courtesy of Photospace, Wellington.

Land Wars is a major project to be held at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in 2008 over several platforms.

Who has control over land, and who doesn't? What are the changing circumstances for land use? These are some of the most pressing questions of our time. However, the battles over land in New Zealand today are fought through money and legislation, rather than the military battles of old. Presenting work by both international and local artists, the Land Wars exhibitions reveal the complex negotiations land is subject to, as well as our collective anxieties and fears around its control.

LAND WARS: SHIFT: 23 February - 20 April 2008

The first stage of Land Wars is an exhibition project exploring movement across land, including displacement, migration, border control and sovereignty issues. 
Artists confirmed include Heath Bunting (UK), Wayne Barrar (NZ), Chaz Doherty (Tuhoe Nation, NZ), Pat Hoffie (Brisbane) Aernout Mik (The Netherlands). 

LAND WARS: BUILD: 3 May - 29 June 2008

The second stage is an exhibition project exploring urban development, gentrification and squatting politics, urban sprawl and the rise of the 'lifestyle block' and the demise of the ‘quarter acre section’ and the tension between civic, commercial and personal interests.
Artists confirmed include Andrew Ross (NZ), Harrell Fletcher (US), Kim Paton (NZ).



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