Arts

Sexism, sadism and side shows: Cindy Sherman at the City Gallery

Female socialization is a process of psychologically constructing and breaking girls, otherwise known as ‘grooming’, to create a class of compliant victims… Femininity is just a traumatized psyche displaying acquiescence. This is not natural. It was not created by God. It’s a corrupt and brutal arrangement of power. – Lierre Keith From female genital mutilation …

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Sisters (can't) Speak: A response to the Wellington Zinefest organisers from the Zinefest des Refusés!

Though I’ve never had a stall before, I love the Wellington Zinefest and look forward to it each year. I’ve got a pile of zines at home that I’ve bought, swapped, collected and enjoyed from markets over the years. Through the art supply shop I work at, I sponsored the Wellington Zinefest 2015 gladly, with free …

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San Francisco's De Young Museum, and the lie of Irian Jaya

In September, I spent a morning at De Young museum in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. I was excited to go. I like modern painting, and de Young has collections of surrealist and social realist painting; impressionist, and pop art works. The city’s Museum of Modern Art gave me a new appreciation for Wayne Thiebauld too, and …

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How Apirana Ngata pioneered contemporary "creativity in schools"

“Creativity” is a twenty-first century buzzword, and it’s been refreshing in recent years to see thinkers like Ken Robinson apply it in tackling the problems with our Western education system. “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status” Robinson says. “I believe this passionately: we don’t grow into …

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