Recreating musical history
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.