Charm Offensive is the first solo exhibition by London-based artist Jasmina Cibic (b. 1979 Ljubljana, Slovenia) to be held in Aotearoa New Zealand. Working across film, performance and installation, Cibic’s practice explores the relationships between culture and political power within both historical and contemporary frames. Art and architecture become tools to highlight and reconsider notions of soft power, nation building and the deployment of political agendas and ideologies. Bringing Cibic’s major three-channel film The Gift (2021) together with a new site-specific installation, Charm Offensive (2022), this exhibition is shaped around the concept of gifting – raising questions about cultural gifting as a tool for power and political dominance.