• Issue
  • Nov 01, 2023

Auckland: She could lie on her back and sink

Installation view of ANN SHELTON’s i am an old phenomenon, 2022. Photo by Sam Hartnett. Courtesy the artist and Two Rooms, Auckland; Denny Gallery, New York and Bartley, and Company Art, Wellington.

She could lie on her back and sink
Gus Fisher Gallery

The exhibition of four artists “She could lie on her back and sink,” curated by Lisa Beauchamp, was a conceptual exploration of alternative knowledge as embodied by the historically mythic figure of the witch. Though rather than serve as a metaphor for the demonization of nondominant thinking, the witch was deployed in service of deconstructing other contemporary issues: colonialism, transgenderism, and psychedelic utopianism.