Ruth Watson: Geophagy

CoCA presents Geophagy, the first major Ōtautahi Christchurch exhibition by Canterbury born Auckland-based artist Ruth Watson.  

“Geophagy speaks to . . . the global systems of production that destroy our planet . . .  a world depicted as a complex set of conflicting forces.” Rebecca Boswell, Art and Australia  

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First exhibited at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland, this critically acclaimed exhibition is reworked and up-scaled to respond to CoCA’s galleries. Featuring a sprawling sculptural installation, poetic video works and photography, Geophagy is an exploration of overpopulation and environmental issues in the dystopian present.


The artworks specifically provide an all-encompassing picture of how international transportation, instant communication, digital mapping and surveillance, environmental degradation and global migration have fundamentally changed our social fabric and natural ecosystem.


Ruth Watson is one of Aotearoa New Zealand's most respected artists. Her works have been exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally at museums and galleries such as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the Frankfurter Kunstverein; the Sydney Biennale; Gallery of Modern Art Brisbane; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; Asia Society Gallery, New York; and the Kunst-Werke, Berlin.