Ex­hibit is Close to Home for cu­ra­tors

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Mul­ti­me­dia artists – and mother and daugh­ter – Me­lanie and Ahi­la­palapa Rands have teamed up to cu­rate St Paul St Gallery’s new ex­hi­bi­tion Close to Home.

The ex­hi­bi­tion cap­tures Auck­land’s com­plex iden­tity and en­vi­ron­ment.

The two cu­ra­tors aimed to se­lect and place art that can be left to per­sonal in­ter­pre­ta­tion.

‘‘A lot of the work by th­ese artists of Pa­cific de­scent is about iden­tity and we wanted to frame this in a way that is uni­ver­sal,’’ CBD res­i­dent Me­lanie says.

So while there will be artists’ talks when the show opens the cu­ra­tors want au­di­ences to draw upon their own ex­pe­ri­ences to nav­i­gate the show, with so­cial me­dia used to en­cour­age feed­back and in­ter­ac­tion.

Ahi­la­palapa lives in St Marys Bay and says work­ing as a cu­ra­tor has been an in­ter­est­ing process to learn from. ‘‘Rather than hav­ing a solid idea from the out­set, we de­cided to see what was hap­pen­ing from the artists’ point of view,’’ she says.

Some women may not feel com­fort­able work­ing with their mother but Ahi­la­palapa says she’s en­joyed work­ing with her mum on the ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘As stu­dents we would trade notes, ideas and newly dis­cov­ered artists with each other. This has built a good con­ver­sa­tion of ideas around art mak­ing be­tween us.’’

Cu­ra­tor duo: Ahi­la­palapa, left, and Me­lanie Rands are cu­rat­ing the St Paul St Gallery Close to Home ex­hi­bi­tion.

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