Installation view The scene in which I find myself/ Or, where does my body belong Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photographer Sam Hartnett.

Installation view The scene in which I find myself/ Or, where does my body belong Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photographer Sam Hartnett.

Interrogating the Gallery’s History of Radicalism

Art Asia Pacific Artist Profile: Ruth Buchanan

12 May 2020

In the May/Jun issue of Art Asia Pacific, Ruth Buchanan discusses her approaches to the recent Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre 50th anniversary exhibition collection.

Writer Tim Riley-Walsh met up with Ruth Buchanan at the Gallery, when The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong exhibition opened.

The artist talks about how the project importantly, incorporated her own works, how it challenged institutional methods of collections, as well as her own connections with the Govett-Brewster and its locale, in New Plymouth and Taranaki.

You can access and read the full profile here, which was first published in the May/Jun 2020 issue of Art Asia Pacific.

"I knew about New Plymouth through my parents’ crazy stories. The period that my family lived there was in the 1970s and ’80s. It was a significant artistic community and a big part of that was the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery."

Installation view The scene in which I find myself/ Or, where does my body belong Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photographer Sam Hartnett.

Installation view The scene in which I find myself/ Or, where does my body belong Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. Photographer Sam Hartnett.