Recre­at­ing mu­si­cal his­tory

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

Leg­endary al­bum cov­ers are get­ting a makeover to help change per­cep­tions of young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Re-Imag­ine ex­hi­bi­tion kicked off on Tues­day night show­cas­ing recre­ated iconic al­bum cov­ers with mem­bers of The Cube’s Youth En­gage­ment Group.

From Lorde to Queen, Moby to the Rolling Stones, young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties donned some wild out­fits to mir­ror their mu­si­cal idols.

Sa­vanna Steele from The Cube helped or­gan­ise the event to ‘‘break the stereo­type’’ of dis­abled youth.

‘‘Some­times when so­ci­ety looks at young peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties they say: ‘ Wow they’ve done well con­sid­er­ing their dis­abil­ity’.

‘‘It’s about see­ing them as young peo­ple.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion is de­signed to co­in­cide with Youth Week which runs from May 23 to 31.

Youth En­gage­ment Group chair­man Kramer Hoe­flich says it’s time more peo­ple got in­volved.

‘‘Over the years we’ve seen a lot of events go­ing on about youth week but it hasn’t re­ally in­volved the dis­abled,’’ he says.

With this year’s ‘ My Le­gacy’ theme, Steele says the idea of recre­at­ing al­bum cov­ers was a fit­ting sug­ges­tion.

‘‘It’s cre­at­ing their own le­gacy – tak­ing th­ese iconic pho­tos of leg­ends of the time and show­ing that the young peo­ple in­volved are leg­ends in their own right.’’

Four­teen al­bum cov­ers are now on dis­play at Silo 6 in Wyn­yard Quar­ter, a tes­ta­ment to those who put so much hard work into the project’s or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘It took over a week for the photo shoots,’’ Steele says.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing was do­nated – the stu­dio, make-up artist, pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘Peo­ple just jumped on board be­cause it’s such an amaz­ing project.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til May 24 with view­ings from 10am till 4pm daily.

Lawrence Tay­lor, Mitchel Peach, Michael Hart­nett New­lands and Tom Carew Bourke try the Bea­tles on for size.

Danny Cope from Starjam in Eden Ter­race is trans­formed into Elvis.

Amelia Eads from Recre­ate in Ep­som shows her Madonna style.

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