Author Archive

  • Maria Madeira. Kiss and Don’t Tell

    This volume accompanies the exhibition Kiss and Don’t Tell with Maria Madeira’s works, curated by Natalie King. Maria Madeira’s work represents Timor-Leste in its inaugural pavilion at the 60th International Venice Biennale

  • ‘Kiss and Don’t Tell’: Conversation with Maria Madeira

    Advocacy for Timor-Leste’s culture and tradition is a central concern in Maria Madeira’s work as an artist, arts educator and cultural advisor.

  • Natalie King in conversation with Maria Maderia: the first Timor-Leste artist at Venice

    I had the great pleasure of curating Maria Maderia’s exhibition at the Venice Biennale, whose work “Kiss Don’t Tell” pays tribute to the women of Timor-Leste on the country’s 25th anniversary of independence.

  • Maria Madeira: ‘I always thought of a better world’

    For the inaugural Timor-Leste pavilion at Venice, Maria Madeira uncovers some of Timor’s painful histories to platform the resilience of its women.

  • ‘Trauma, hope and healing’: a closer look at Timor-Leste’s first-ever Venice Biennale pavilion

    Twenty-five years since East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia, Timor-Leste has made its debut at the Venice Biennale with Maria Madeira’s Kiss and Don’t Tell at Spazio Ravà, a venue overlooking the Grand Canal in the San Polo district.

  • Must-see pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2024

    For an event whose central theme this year is foreigners and strangers, there is a surprising homogeny to the national pavilions at the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale. It feels as though Adriano Pedrosa’s theme has been taken up in similar ways by both artists and curators.

  • Indigenous Artists Are the Heart of the Venice Biennale

    Here are highlights of the range of work produced by Native artists in the pavilions and a central exhibition that proudly calls itself “Foreigners Everywhere”.

  • Timor-Leste Presents Inaugural Pavilion at 2024 Venice Biennale

    Timor-Leste’s inaugural pavilion at the upcoming 60th Venice Biennale will present Maria Madeira’s new project Kiss and Don’t Tell (2024), curated by Natalie King. Madeira’s exhibition coincides with the 25th anniversary of Timor-Leste’s independence from Indonesia.

  • CoVA Films on Art: Natalie King with Yuki Kihara

    We are here at Paradise Camp Yuki Kira’s exhibition from the Venice Biennale from 2022, now reconfigured and re curated at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

  • Natalie King to Curate First Timor-Leste Pavilion in Venice

    It’s the third national pavilion that King has curated at the Venice Biennale since 2017.

  • Maria Madeira: Kiss and Don’t Tell

    Maria Madeira is the artist to represent Timor-Leste at the 60th International Venice Biennale taking place from April 20 to November 24, 2024. Timor-Leste’s inaugural pavilion coincides with the 25th anniversary of the independence of Timor-Leste.

  • Swimming Against the Tide

    The Surrealist Map of the World first appeared in 1929 in a special issue of Varietes, a Belgian periodical dedicated to the movement.

  • Exhibition Review: Paradise Camp at the Aotearoa/New Zealand Pavilion of the 59th Venice Biennale

    Paradise Camp, an immersive exhibition of Yuki Kihara’s artworks first presented at the 59th Venice Biennale, was curated by Natalie King with Ioana Gordon-Smith, assistant Pasifika curator.

  • Writer’s Diary: Experimenter Curators’ Hub 2023

    Inside the 13th edition of Experimenter, a platform for developing and sustaining discourse on curatorial practice and exhibition-making through critical discussion and debate

  • Kathmandu Triennale 2026 Names Artistic Directors

    Nepal’s Sujan Chitrakar and Australia’s Natalie King will lead the exhibition, which explores the theme of coexistence.

  • Experimenter Curator’s Hub

    The 13th edition of the Experimenter Curators’ Hub in Kolkata, India, marks the convergence of curators from across the globe who, through their distinctive curatorial practices, are committed to making a profound difference by responding to momentous shifts in contemporary practice.

  • Artistic Directors Sujan Chitrakar and Natalie King

    Siddhartha Arts Foundation and Kathmandu Triennale are pleased to announce the appointment of Sujan Chitrakar and Natalie King as Artistic Directors of Kathmandu Triennale in February 2026.

  • Paradise Camp at the Aotearoa/New Zealand Pavilion of the 59th Venice Biennale

    Paradise Camp, an immersive exhibition of Yuki Kihara’s artworks first presented at the 59th Venice Biennale, was curated by Natalie King with Ioana Gordon-Smith, assistant Pasifika curator.

  • Congress lineup

    Natalie King (AICA Australia) – Who cares? Creating, curating, criticism and care

  • The Shell Seeker

    For the past four months, Quandamooka artist Megan Cope has been ensconced in the Marrickville Addison Road Community Organisation in Sydney’s inner west with a dedicated team collectively preparing for her new commission, Whispers, at the Sydney Opera House.

  • IN THE WAY OF A WOMAN

    The multi-disciplinary works of Yuki Kihara combine universal narratives with the authority and authenticity of the local, as she engages with the politics of identity, decolonisation

  • Cristina Baldacci + Francesca Tarocco

    In this two-part seminar, Baldacci and Tarocco will discuss the impact of climate change, environmental collapse and human-animal relations from the perspective of

  • Bazaar Muse

    Natalie King OAM is one of Australia’s foremost curators, who has spent her three-decade career cultivating lifelong relationships with artists. She recently pulled of a rare feat: curating her second Venice Biennale.

  • Paradise Camp on MindFOOD

    Trailblazing artist Yuki Kihara explores the diasporic experience of fa’afafine in her latest work.

  • Enough: Artists and writers on gendered violence

    CoVA x Perimeter is a collaborative publishing initiative curated by the Centre of Visual Art at the University of Melbourne

  • Talanoa Forum: Moana Rising

    First presented at the 59th Venice Biennale, the Talanoa Forum extends the themes of the Paradise Camp exhibition by bringing together 24 artists

  • Why I Travel

    From Samoa to Lapland, the international curator explores the world through the lens of contemporary art.

  • Must-See Exhibitions During Sydney Contemporary and Beyond

    Expect: theatrical images that complicate Paul Gauguin’s interpretations of the Pacific and its peoples with a contemporary imaging of cultural awareness and inclusive difference.

  • Australia-Indonesia in conversation

    The Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIPOL) at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in partnership with The Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne, will host the third mini-conference in the Australia-Indonesia

  • Mithu Sen on Art, Poetry, and Lingual Anarchy

    I met artist Mithu Sen in New Delhi during India Art Fair in 2011, when she was awarded the inaugural Skoda Prize for Indian contemporary art for ‘Black Candy