Exhibit is Close to Home for curators
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.