Helen Mitchell - Tattoo Aotearoa New Zealand
Helen Mitchell - Tattoo Aotearoa New
13 October - 13 December
Tattoo Aotearoa New Zealand presents a cross-cultural geographical survey of tattoo in Aotearoa New Zealand and unravels some of the ideas around employing tattoo as a social passport, augmenting identity, marking life changing events and appropriating cultural symbols. The exhibition geographically represents tattoo in Aotearoa New Zealand and provides a regional overview of diversity.
Tattoo Aotearoa New Zealand features studio portraits collated from a series of studio sessions from locations including; Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Nelson and draws on the personal narratives recorded during the process of photographing each subject included as an audio element to the exhibition.
current research practice in photography focuses on
narratives about the ‘tattoo renaissance’ within
contemporary New Zealand society. Her images engage with
questions around the construction of personal identity and
cultural exchange. This image exploration combines studio
portraits with documentary photography and interviews with
tattooed subjects. Mitchell explores how the customized body
functions to transform and reinforce a sense of identity,
individuality and to provide a record of personal
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Exhibition Talk: Sunday 18 October, 2pm
Mitchell, Terry Klavenes and other panelists, for an
exploration of some of the cultural and social ideas around
tattoo and the unique aspects of tattoo acquisition in
Aotearoa New Zealand.
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