Wednesday 17 April 2024, 10:00am

In Focus with Jimmy Robert

Date Wednesday 17 April 2024
Time 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location Artspace Aotearoa, 292 Karangahape Rd
Entry Invite only, information on access

In partnership with Elam School of Fine Arts we are hosting a one day In Focus with Goethe-Institut visiting artist Jimmy Robert. This session will explore the methods of and some exercises from the Theatre of the Oppressed. The Theatre of the Oppressed was developed by Augusto Boal in the 1970s and was deeply influenced by the work of educator and theorist Paulo Freire and his book Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Boal's techniques activate theatre as a means of promoting social and political change. Rooted in leftist politics, the Theatre of the Oppressed brings the audience into the work to explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living.

To express your interest please send a brief biography and statement on your work and motivation to participate in written, video, or audio form by Friday 12 April to


Space is limited to 12 participants, 8 participants from Elam School of Fine Art, 4 participants from the wider public.
This session requires an expression of interest, there are no drop ins.
It will be held in the Kit, located in the lower ground floor of Artspace Aotearoa, entrance is via 8 East St.
This location is accessible with assistance.
Wear comfortable clothing suitable to move in.
Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring lunch.


Jimmy Robert was born in Guadeloupe and now lives between Berlin and Paris. He works across a range of media—including photography, sculpture, film, video, and collaborative performance—gently breaking down divisions between two and three dimensions, image and object. He studied at Goldsmiths, London, was a resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam and is now a professor at UdK, Berlin. He has had major solo exhibitions at, amongst others, Moderna Museet, Malmö; Centre National de la Danse, Paris-Pantin in collaboration with Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Museion, Bolzano; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham and The Power Plant, Toronto.