Born 1991, Taumarunui, Aotearoa. Lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa.
Ziggy Lever’s work involves making interventions into specific sites and archives. These interventions and responses, in the form of sculpture, sound, and lens-based imagery, playfully investigate the social production of knowledge. Lever considers materials as time-based documents that draw across temporal fields of installation. These come together in sometimes tenuous and provisional arrangements of things: image, intervention, and active research. His work draws on the scientific, cosmological, poetic, and institutional material, through an active researching of sites and (paradigmatic) structures. Unfolding investigations into sites and archives, and in varying cooperative modes of practice, his works relate improvisational making to archival contexts and readings.
Ziggy Lever has been commissioned to create a new artwork for the 2022 Aotearoa Art Fair with generous support from Creative New Zealand.
Lucy Meyle and Ziggy Lever, From wall to wall and moving to the centre (2017), Projected still image, motorised mirrors, timber. Projected Image credit: S17-051a Tree Asters, Chatham Islands, 1924. H. D. Skinner photograph, Box-214-019. Reproduced for this exhibition with permission from Hocken Collections, Uare Taoka o Hakena, University of Otago, dimensions variable. Image courtesy the artist. Photo: Grace Ryder.