Ex­pat re­turns for res­i­dency

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An ex­pa­tri­ate New Zealand pho­tog­ra­pher living in Ber­lin re­turns home this year to take up artis­tic res­i­dency at Auck­land’s Waitawa Re­gional Park.

Conor Clarke has been se­lected for the 2015 edi­tion of the Auck­land Coun­cil’s Artist in Res­i­dence pro­gramme, which each year sees an artist living in one of the re­gion’s parks for an eight-week pe­riod to pro­duce a new body of work.

Clarke, who was born and raised in South Auck­land, says she is thrilled to have the chance to re­con­nect with the area, and to work in a space so dif­fer­ent from her apart­ment in Ber­lin.

“My res­i­dency work will be pho­tos of reimag­ined scenes based on as­pects of the park,” she says. “It will be in the grey area be­tween fic­tion and re­al­ity, photograph­y and col­lage.”

In her re­cent work she has used an ana­logue cam­era to cre­ate images that im­bue grimy industrial land­scapes with a strange beauty, a theme she will con­tinue to ex­plore dur­ing her res­i­dency from Oc­to­ber to De­cem­ber.

The re­sul­tant work will be shared with the public in fu­ture ex­hi­bi­tions, both here and in Ger­many.

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