As part of our current exhibition The Medium is the Message and our commemoration of sixty years of television in Aotearoa, we have partnered with The Pantograph Punch for a new mini writer’s residency.

Divyaa Kumar presents People’s Communications Commission of Aotearoa New Zealand – a response to the Broadcasting Standards Authority, a Crown entity that oversees and upholds the prescribed standards of broadcasting for radio and television in Aotearoa New Zealand. Divyaa is particularly interested in the standard’s code that covers discriminatory content, and the gaps it leaves for less explicit forms of racism, sexism, etc. During the residency, members of the public were asked to submit complaints to the fictional People’s Communications Commission and a total of 35 submissions were made. 

Divyaa’s residency has now culminated in a report on racist broadcasting, which is available to read here on The Pantograph Punch.

Gus Fisher Gallery would like to thank Divyaa Kumar and the team at The Pantograph Punch for a fantastic residency which has resulted in a thought-provoking, excellent body of work. 

Divyaa Kumar, of Pākehā and Fijian-Indian heritage, is an artist, writer, object maker, and part-time librarian from Tamaki Makaurau. They have published with Starling, The Pantograph Punch and Photo Forum, and have exhibited with Window Gallery, Greensboro Project Space, and Blue Oyster Gallery (forthcoming). They are also a member of the board of Samoa House Library.