Remodelling our Future:
In Conversation

Date: Wednesday 2 June, 7pm

Presenters: Rhana Devenport and Mami Kataoka

Guildhouse financial members Free
Non-members (COVID-19 hardship concession) $5
Non-members (full price) $15

Mami Kataoka Director of Mori Art Museum and Rhana Devenport ONZM, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia share their philosophies and approaches to leading international contemporary art museums and reflections on emergent curatorial models in the sector. As Chair and Board Member of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) Kataoka and Devenport will discuss the theme of remodelling our future in a global context, and share their observations of patterns and predictions for museums and galleries in these changing times.

Rhana Devenport ONZM

Rhana Devenport ONZM is Director of Art Gallery of South Australia in Adelaide, she was previously Director of Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (2013-2018) and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre (2006-2013), both in Aotearoa New Zealand. Devenport is a curator, writer and cultural producer whose career spans art museums, biennales and arts festivals. Her curatorial work includes contemporary art of Asia and the Pacific, time-based media and social practice. In 2017 Devenport was curator for the New Zealand Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia for Lisa Reihana: Emissaries. She has previously held senior positions with the Biennale of Sydney, the Sydney Festival, and the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery. (In 2018 she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit).

Mami Kataoka

Mami Kataoka joined Mori Art Museum in 2003, and assumed the position of Director in 2020. Prior to that, she was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002); International Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London (2007-2009); Co-Artistic Director for the 9th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea (2012); and Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018). Kataoka serves as Artistic Director of the Aichi Triennale 2022.

Since 2014 she has served as a Board Member of CIMAM [International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art] and is currently the President (2020-2022). Board Member of the Japanese National Committee for ICOM; Chair of Contemporary Art Committee Japan, Art Platform Japan [Initiative by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan] and Member of AICA [International Association of Art Critics]. Visiting Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School; Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts’ Faculty of Fine Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts.

Kataoka frequently writes, lectures, and juries on contemporary art from Japan, Asia and beyond.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Also backed by generous support from the Day Family Foundation and Creative Partnerships Australia.

Images (L-R): Rhana Devenport, photograph Saul Steed; Mami Kataoka, photograph Akinori Ito; Dark Matter, Bright Light (installation view), Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 2020, photograph Saul Steed; Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World (installation view), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2021, photograph Furukawa Yuya courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World (installation view), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2021, photograph Furukawa Yuya courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World (installation view), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2021, photograph Furukawa Yuya courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World (installation view), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2021, photograph Furukawa Yuya courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Another Energy: Power to Continue Challenging – 16 Women Artists from around the World (installation view), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2021, photograph Furukawa Yuya courtesy Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

Photographic portrait of James Dodd

James Dodd

Built Environment, Installation, Outdoor, Painting, Public Art, Sculpture, Teaching, Wall Work.
Photographic portrait of Fran Callen

Fran Callen

Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Public Art, Teaching, Wall Work.
A painting by Tom Phillips of a man painting another portrait, while a cat looks up at the work

Tom Phillips

Painting