New Zealand

A Lighthearted Migratory Myth

According to the statement provided by the 2013 pavilion of New Zealand, “Culbert’s artworks celebrate the qualities of common things and invite us to pay fresh attention to the world they come from.” Certainly, it is a common thing for New Zealanders to leave the world they came from and follow their umbilical cord back to Great Britain, as Culbert did in 1957 to study at the Royal College of Art in London. There he remains, an uncommon man in the Commonwealth’s kitchen, gazing up at Mother England as she rolls the imperial pastry for yet another half-baked illegal and immoral war that will be fought by commoners and colonial outposts in faraway lands.

Where is the faraway land for absentee New Zealanders like Bill Culbert? And why are our most precious wide-eyed magpies and moths forever flying toward the dazzle and shine of faraway lands?

Slavko Martinov

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Pavilion

Organizer/Commissioner:
Creative New Zealand (public institute)
Artist:
Bill Culbert
Curator:
Justin Paton
Budget provided by the state:
$ 650,000 (€ 406,344)
Open Call?
No
Selection procedure:
Selection of the artist after suggestions of prominent figures in the art sector to the commissioner by a panel of gallery directors and art experts.

Curator

Name:
Justin Paton
Gender:
Male
Born:
New Zealand, 1972
Lives and works in:
New Zealand
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
4

Artist

Name:
Bill Culbert
Gender:
Male
Born:
New Zealand, 1935
Lives and works in:
France and the United Kingdom
No. of participations in the venice biennale:
1
Represented by galleries in:
Auckland, London, Malaucène, Munich, San Francisco, St. Paul de Vence and Sydney

Politics & Economics

State System:
Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Ruling Political Party:
Centre-right neo-liberal National Party
Population (World Bank, 2011):
4,405,200
GDP per capita (World Bank, 2011):
$36,254
Unemployment (World Bank, 2011):
6.5% of the labor force
Net OECD ODA Aid Donated (2011):
$45,541,000,000
Military Expenditure (SIPRI, 2011):
$1,891,000,000

Alliances


Commonwealth
International Criminal Court recognized
OECD
WTO

Conflicts

Country independent since:
1907 (from Britain)
Colonial History:
Former British colony
International Court of Justice cases:
2
Global Militarization Index (BICC, 2011):
104
Nuclear Force?
No
Ongoing Conflicts and Disputes:
Maori land rights remain a controversial issue. Diplomatic disputes with the USA over New Zealand’s anti-nuclear stance that includes a ban on nuclear-powered vessels in territorial waters. Disputed territorial claims on the Antarctic.
Participation in Multinational Missons:
UN peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel & the Middle East, South Korea and Sudan. Missions in Sinai, Egypt and the Solomon Islands.