Opening event Monday August 6, from 5.00pm
Ramp Gallery, Hamilton
Pati Tyrell and Jermaine Dean present a collaborative exhibition Returning Home at Ramp Gallery. This collection of images re-tell the story of being young, queer and brown in Aotearoa.
Returning Home also does just what it states. Pati and Jermaine both grew up in Hamilton but left for the big city of Auckland. It was there that they built their own communities and found their artistic voices. As founding members and principal photographers of FAFSWAG artist collective and Auckland’s Vogue scene – Pati and Jermaine are now known for their slick and stylised images that capture the queer pacific and indigenous communities they are part of. Their collective and individual works are being sought after and recognised by collectors and institutions (Pati’s recent exhibition Fāgogo is currently a finalist in the prestigious Walters Prize).
But beyond the slick nature of the images, and any sense of affirmation the art world may want to bestow, these images hold real power. The power of the stories they tell. Rather than being voyeuristic, by turning their lenses on themselves and their own community, Pati and Jermaine’s subjects become willing collaborators, telling their own stories. That’s real power. The power to be seen. The power to be heard.
Artist talk: Tuesday August 7, at 11.00am. Events Room 1, The Hub, Wintec
Workshop: Vogue Femme workshop, Thursday August 9, at 3.00pm, R Block, Wintec (meet at Ramp Gallery)
Date(s) - 06/08/2018 - 07/09/2018