Dr Fiona Amundsen

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Senior Lecturer - Visual Arts

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 # 8786

Email: fiona.amundsen@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:

School of Art and Design
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (Creative Practice), Monash University
  • Master of Social Science (first class Honours), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Social Anthropology), Waikato University

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • CIRCUIT New Zealand Artists’ Film and Video
  • The Document Research Group, AUT

Teaching Areas:

  • Visual Arts
  • Photography and Moving Image
  • Photographic Practices Minor
  • Masters and PhD supervision

Research Areas:

Visual Arts, Photography and Moving Image, Installation, Community and Activist Art platforms, Documentary, Ethics, Practice-led Research, Trans-disciplinary practices in Art and Social Science

Research Summary:

Fiona’s research interests include historiography, philosophies of history, the social responsibility of witnessing, and the ethics of documentary photographic and filmic practices. She is interested in contemporary visual arts lens-based documentary practice, with a particular focus on an image’s ability to enable an ethical caring based in relationships of imagining over reified visibility, and listening over cognitive knowing.



  • 2018    A Body that Lives, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
  • 2017    Community Honour, Photo Access, Canberra: To Each Other, Kuandu Museum of Fine Art, Taipei: Arsenal of Democracy,
    Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
  • 2016    Like A Body Without Skin, Chapter Two, C3 Contemporary, Melbourne
  • 2015    Like A Body Without Skin, Neu Kirche Center for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh: The Imperial Body, Chapter One, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland: Imperial Double Take, Objectifs, Center for Photography and Film, Singapore
  • 2014    Summoning Souls (Registering Spirit) McNamara Gallery, Whanganui
  • 2013    Operation Magic, City Gallery, Wellington
  • 2012    The Golden Waterway, McNamara Gallery, Whanganui: The First City in History: Chapter Three, Adam Art Gallery
  • 2011    The First City in History: Chapter One, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin: The First City in History: Chapter Two, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland
  • 2010    The First City in History, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui
  • 2008    Miracle on the Han River, McNamara Gallery, Whanganui, Gus Fisher Gallery, Auckland, Changdong Studio Gallery, Seoul


  • 2018    The One and the Many, Hyperwerk, Basel: Thick Cinema, Whitechapel Gallery, London
  • 2017    Before is Now: Ko Muri Ko Nāianei, XIV Tenerife International Photography Biennial, The Tenerife Photography Center, Tenerife: Ex-Ante, Artspace, Auckland: Thick Cinema, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch: Way of Life, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Oberhausen: Open Studio, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo: Out of Site, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington
  • 2016    Negative Horizon: 5th Taiwan International Video Art, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei: Silk Screen Film Festival, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
  • 2015    8th Asia Pacific Triennial, Queensland Museum of Modern Art, Brisbane (project with Luke Willis Thompson): Visiting Asia, Te Tuhi, Auckland: Imagining Asia, Partaka Museum, Porirua
  • 2014    Pequod, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland: Open Studio, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo
  • 2013    As Many Structures As I Can, The Dowse Museum, Wellington: Available Light: Imagining More Than We See, Auckland Art Fair, Auckland: Recent Auckland Photography, North Art, Auckland
  • 2012    In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary (exhibition co-curated with Vera Mey and Dieneke Jansen), St Paul St Gallery, Auckland and The Dowse Museum, Wellington
  • 2010    Sightseeing, Peninsula Art Gallery, Plymouth (UK) and The New Dowse, Wellington

  • ‘A Flimsy Image: the Discomfort of the Unseen in Singapore WWII Memorials’, essay in Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art, Singapore, NUS Press, 2017
  • The Imperial Body, Auckland, Split/Fountain, 2015
  • ‘Matter Speaks/Voiceless Matter’ (with Tim Corballis), as part of the exhibition Weak Force, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland,  2013
  • Pictures They Want to Make: Recent Auckland Photography, Corson-Scott, Chris and Hanfling, Edward (eds), Photo Forum, Auckland, 2013.
  • The Physics Room Annual 2008, Montgomery, Kate (editor/director), Christchurch, The Physics Room Trust, 2010.
  • Sightseeing, Scott, Hanna (editor), RIM Books, Auckland, 2010.
  • ‘Dented Consciousness: The Failure of Photography’ in Bold Centuries: A Photographic History Album, Sameshima, Haruhiko (image editor) and Skinner, Damien (text editor), 2009, Auckland, RIM Books.
  • ‘Knowing Ourselves in Cities’ in Never Really There, Stumpf, Sebastian, edition Berlin, Fotohof begleitet, 2009.
  • ‘Si c’est (if it is)’, with Tim Corballis, Public Good, Booker, Paula (editor), Wellington, Enjoy Gallery, 2008.

  • ‘If You Were to Live Here’, Invited Guest Faculty, Institute for Post Industrial Design, University of Applied Sciences, Basel, Switzerland, 12 -29 November 2018.
  • ‘The Time of Now’, Symposium conception, facilitation, speaker, AUT University/Circuit: Artist Films Aotearoa, Auckland, 15 September 2018.
  • ‘Ko Muri Ko Nā ianei-Cultural Spaces’, Institute for Post Industrial Design, University of Applied Sciences, Basel, Switzerland, 17 November 2017.
  • ‘Memory, Narrative and Cultural Memorialising: Fiona Amundsen and Koizumi Meiro’s Artistic Strategies’, Tokyo Wonder Site, Japan, 28 January 2017.
  • ‘Collecting and Exhibiting Photography Symposium’, Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 11 June 2016.
  • ‘Artistic Strategy’, College of Fine Arts, Carnegie Melon University, Pittsburgh, USA, 9 November 2015.
  • ‘Memorials, haunting and a ‘Something-to-be-done’: A Case Study for What Cannot be Seen’, 21st Century Photography: Art, Philosophy, Technique, Central St Martins, London, 5 June 2015.
  • ‘Triggering Memory Symposium’ at Massey University (in partnership with Syracuse University), facilitated by The Memory Waka Research Group of the College of Creative Arts, Wellington, 1-2 September 2015.
  • 'Feeling Knowledge: Critical Discussion of Contemporary Documentary Practice', Objectifs: Centre for Photography and Film, Singapore, 28 January 2015.
  • ‘The Document Through the Lens: Archives, Whakapapa, Ethics’, AUT University, Auckland, 10-11 September 2015.
  • ‘In Practice: Models of Cultural Exchange and Reciprocity’, Auckland Art Gallery,18-20 June 2014.
  • ‘Washday at the Pa: A Contemporary Problem?’ and ‘Trauma and Documentary Practice’, St Paul St Gallery, 29 & 31 May 2012.


  • Fulbright New Zealand Scholar Award, 2019
  • Research Residency, Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo, 2017
  • Artist in Residence, Neu Kirsche Center for Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, 2015
  • Artist in Residence, Objectifs: Center for Photography and Film-making, Singapore, 2015
  • Creator in Residence, Tokyo Wonder Site, Tokyo, 2014
  • Asia New Zealand Artist Residency, Changdong Studio, Seoul, 2008
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