Natasha Matila-Smith is a creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Her speciality is “sad girl confessional” art and finding humour in moments of awkwardness. She writes, edits and curates sometimes too.

EDUCATION
2014 - Master of Fine Arts (First Class) - University of Auckland, NZ
2010 - 2013 - (First Class Honours) -  University of Auckland, NZ
2009 - Certificate in Art and Design - Whitecliffe College Of Art and Design, NZ

EXHIBITION HISTORY
SOLO & DUO

2023 - Untitled project, Aotearoa Arts Festival 2023 
2021 - A List of Things That Quicken The Heart, Gertrude Contemporary online commissions
2021 - I Think You Like Me, But I've Been Wrong About These Things Before, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland NZ
2018 - If You Miss Me, Let Me Know, Meanwhile Gallery, Wellington NZ - with Talia Smith
2017 - In The Flesh, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, NZ
2017 - This Sky, Too, Is Folding Under You, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland NZ
2016 - Lonely Island, Te Tuhi, Auckland NZ
2012 - It's All Over Now, Artspace, Auckland NZ

GROUP
2021 - Choose Happiness (curated by Serena Bentley), MAMA Albury, Albury AU 2020 - If I die please delete my Soundcloud (2019), NGV Triennial Self-isolating in your heart for Runway Issue 41 Love - http://runway.org.au/natasha-matila-smith/ - online 2019 - Personal Space (curated by Serena Bentley), AURA Festival of Artist Moving Images (Wellington) / Artspace Aotearoa (Auckland) / RAMP Gallery (Hamilton) / Christchurch Arts Centre, also screened If I die please delete my Soundcloud at Guilty Pleasures, Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam The Netherlands; CIRCUIT Distributors Screening, Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Germany (2020)
twenty-four-seven (curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith), Te Uru, Auckland NZ
Hear Me Roar! (curated by Madeleine Gifford), Weasel Gallery, Hamilton NZ
I will never run out of lies nor love (curated by Nanette Orly), Bus Projects, Melbourne AU
2018 - Clean Slate, Window Gallery, Auckland NZ
Sleight of Hand (curated by Wendy Richdale), RAMP Gallery, Hamilton NZ
Hard Feelings (curated by Serena Bentley), Honeymoon Suite, Melbourne AU
Between me and you, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland NZ
Heavenly Creatures, Verge Gallery, Sydney AU
Under Your Skin You Look Divine (curated by Daniel John Corbett Sanders), Basement Sex Club NZ
2017 - The Cold Islanders (curated by Leafa Wilson), Waikato Museum, Hamilton NZ
You're My Number One (curated by Talia Smith), First Draft Gallery, Sydney AU
Dark Objects (curated by Faith Wilson), The Dowse Museum, Wellington NZ
2016 - Urban Legends/ Open Brief (curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith), All Goods Gallery, Auckland NZ
2015 - Modern Movements (curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith), Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland NZ
2014 - NICAI new Graduate Works, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland NZ
OFFSTAGE 6, Avondale Plantation, organised by Whau The People, Auckland NZ - in collaboration with Salome Tanuvasa & Amy Weng
ELECTIONS 2014 (curated by Ella Grace McPherson-Newton), RM GALLERY - Auckland NZ - in collaboration with Salome Tanuvasa
Siapo Cinema (curated by Robert George), New Zealand Film Archive - Wellington NZ
2013 - OFFSTAGE 5 (curated by Ioana Gordon-Smith), Artspace in conjunction with Tautai Contemporary Arts Trust - Auckland NZ
2012 - Next Wave’s Fresh Produce film compilation (curated by Serena Bentley) – Queen Victoria Market - Melbourne AU

SELECTED CURATORIAL
2020-2021 - APT10 Pacific Curator in Residence at QAGOMA, Brisbane AU
2019 - The Marketplace of Feelings - Corban Estate Arts Centre - Auckland
2015 - Pacific Materiality - Studio One Toi Tu - Auckland
2014 - Awkward Feelings (co-curator with Talia Smith), George Fraser Gallery, Auckland NZ
Backyard Gesture (co-curator with Salome Tanuvasa), Ironbank, Auckland NZ

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES
2019 - Feminism and Pop Culture - Networking Travel to Indonesia with Goethe-Institut in co-operation with Missy Magazine
2018 - Feminism and Pop Culture - Networking Travel to Berlin with Goethe-Institut in co-operation with Missy Magazine
2018 - RM, Gallery Archive Room Resident
2014 - NICAI New Graduate Works Finalist
2013-2014 - NICAI Summer Scholarship Award 
REVIEWS, MENTIONS & LINKS:Promises, madness and idiocy - reflections on some art practices during and outside the Covid-19 pandemic in Aotearoa by Mark Harvey for Convocarte No. 10

The inner world of artist Natasha Matila-Smith by Lana Lopesi for Metro Magazine www.metromag.co.nz/arts/the-inner-world-of-artist-natasha-matila-smith


ART NOW, Bedroom Diaries by Lucinda Bennett artnow.nz/essays/bedroom-diaries


SCAPE Season 2020 www.scapepublicart.org.nz/natasha-matila-smithNatasha Matila-Smith Interview for SCAPE 2020, Cityscape Christchurch https://cityscape-christchurch.co.nz/blog/people/entry/q-a-natasha-matila-smith


Curating the Future, Dominic Hoey www.thebigidea.nz/stories/curating-the-future


Circuit artist page - https://www.circuit.org.nz/artist/natasha-matila-smith
APT10 Pacific Curator in Residence at QAGOMA announcement https://blog.qagoma.qld.gov.au/apt10-pacific-curator-in-residence-natasha-matila-smith/


Innermost desires expressed in art at Hagley Park https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-lifestyle/star-entertainment/innermost-desires-expressed-art-hagley-park


Touching the Veil: The Dark Intimacies of Online Romance in Natasha Matila-Smith's Artwork, Huni Mancini for The Pantograph Punch - https://www.pantograph-punch.com/post/touching-the-veil


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 82: 2019 in review with Judy Darragh (artist), Remco de Blaaij (Director, Artspace Aotearoa), Becky Hemus (Writer) and Lucinda Bennett (writer).  https://www.circuit.org.nz/blog/circuit-cast-episode-82-2019-in-review


CIRCUIT Cast Episode 79: an interview with Serena Bentley https://www.circuit.org.nz/blog/circuit-cast-episode-79-an-interview-with-serena-bentley


Feature in Das Goethe insert of Die Zeit newspaper https://www.goethe.de/en/uun/prs/pub.html




Interview with Tayi Tibble for Toi Māori Aotearoa https://www.maoriart.org.nz/blog/emotional-pull-and-internet-culture-is-something-people-feel-really-connected-to-at-the-moment-natasha-matila-smith-on-feelings-based-processes-obsession-and-cody-fern


I will never run out of lies nor love Anador Walsh interview with curators Nanette Orly and Sebastian Henry-Jones for Un Projects - http://www.unprojects.org.au/un-extended/dear-un/i-wil-never-run-out-of-lies-nor-love/


Eating Spaghetti Alone: A fangirl letter to Natasha Matila-Smith, Faith Wilson for Hamster 4 - http://www.physicsroom.org.nz/publications/hamster-issue-4


Beyond Essentialism, Lana Lopesi for Afterall (UK) - https://www.afterall.org/journal/issue.46/beyond-essentialism


Rereaders Podcast recommendation of Un Projects 12.1 article - http://www.therereaders.com/2018/the-rereaders-episode-94-going-down-wonderland-and-the-royal-wedding/


Three picks from Dark Objects - https://www.festival.co.nz/article/three-picks-dark-objects/


Response to Lonely Island by Salome Tanuvasa for Hashtag500words - https://hashtag500words.com/2016/10/17/lonely-island-at-te-tuhi/


Review of Pacific Materiality by Jasmine Te Hira for the Tautai Newsletter - http://www.njtehira.com/news/





   




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