Sam Melser

Sam Melser CV

Martin-SchleyerStr. 10


78465 Konstanz,Germany

Tel: 01724860022

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2005 – 2007 : Doctoral student atthe EHESS social science school in Paris under the supervision of Professor Claudine Cohen. PhD incomplete.

2004: Masters Degree in Fine Art (DEA en Arts et sociétés actuelles) at the Université de Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux 3, Bordeaux, France.

2003 : Bachelors degree in Fine Art, Université de Michel de Montaigne, Bordeaux 3, Bordeaux, France.

2000 : DNAP (National Diploma in Fine Art) from the Avignon School of Art (3 years practical study).


2019: Culture Matters, Organised by University of Auckland Art History Society, Auckland, NZ. Gave paper on problems with the concept of “prehistory” in Aotearoa / New Zealand and contemporary art / European exhibitions.

2018 : Intellectual Property and Human Rights: Shifting Boundaries, AUT, Auckland, NZ. Gave paper in which I discussed Indigenous film, art and problems of cultural appropriation.

2018 : Narrative Matters, Enschede, Netherlands. Gave paper on Contemporary art in New Zealand.

2008: Image and Narrative, Belgium. Gave paper on Prehistory and photographic reproductions.


2020: Currently co-editing the book: Roger Mortimer: Map Paintings.

2017- Art New Zealand ; Poetic Anachronisms : The art of Roger Mortimer

2017 - Catalogue : Roger Mortimer’s trans-historic bodies

2008 – Article and conference Image and Narrative in the edition “Time and Photography”; Prehistoric photography, the ultimate anachronism.

2006 – French Art Magazine Le journal des Arts, article : La Prehistoire et la collectionism dans l’art contemporain.

Exhibitions (recent)

2021 - (April) Solo exhibition at the Harry Watson Gallery, Masterton, NZ

2020 - (June) Solo exhibition at the Harry Watson Gallery, Masterton, NZ

2020 – Group exhibition, Manners of Speaking – Te Pūkoro o Tāne, Geoff Wilson Gallery, Whangarei, NZ

2017 – Conversions - Jointexhibition with Han Nae Kim, Allpress gallery, Auckland, NZ

2017 - Popular Social Mechanics - Solo exhibition, Lake House Art Gallery, Takapuna, Auckland, NZ

2016 – Profusion -Potocki-Paterson Gallery, Solo exhibition, Wellington, NZ

2014 – Secret Happening –HB55 Artspace, Solo exhibition, Berlin, Germany.

2014 – Transastral –Ratskeller Art Centre, Joint exhibition with Cameron Tauschke, Berlin, Germany.

2013 – Works – G11, Jointexhibition with Cameron Tauschke, Leipzig, Germany.

Internships and Mediation

2006 - Assistant for German artistAnselm Kiefer at the “Momenta” Exhibition at the Grand Palais, Parisincollaboration with the Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum,Paris, France.

2005 : Active member of the art andliterature group “vowels” (exhibitions, performances), Paris France.

2004 : Active member for the artcollective “A.R.T” organizing exhibitions and performances, Bordeaux, France.

2004 - Internship at the Muséed’Aquitaine, Bordeaux and assistance with the international exhibition “Venuset Caïn”.

2000 - Assistant for Jeff Koons andthe exhibition “La Beauté”, Avignon, France.


2015-2020: University of Auckland Art Collection assistant. Role included: curating, art writing, tours, art installation, administration and outreach.   

2014 : Holiday Camp Leader at “The Language Farm”, Germany.

2009 – 2011 : Carpenter and woodwork joiner with artisan Jacques Marçon, Lozere, France.

2010 : Freelance decoration for private client in French Villa in the South of France : colour scheme, object and furniture installation.

2006 : One year apprenticeship with Joel Guerin, Master craftsman, doing restoration of traditional furniture including French polish, Vernon, France.

2000-2 : Furniture restoration and painting finishes for Globetrotter, Avignon, France.

1996-1998: Gesso, gilding and ageing techniques for picture framer Artefact, London.

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