Freedom Farmers is a focus on 20 New Zealand artists exploring idealism, freedom and liberty as propositions for art and society.
While addressing the conditions of the global contemporary, the utopian framework of the exhibition has particular relevance to the historic formation of New Zealand and art’s place in it. The conception of New Zealand during the colonial period and into the present day connects with a lineage of ideas associated with idealised islands in Western thought. The establishment of contemporary New Zealand society aligns strongly with a former colonial impulse associated with emancipation or freedom of many kinds—from scarcity or from the unjust exercise of power.
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