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New York bound

Run headlong into a world where steel and steam fuse with spit, rubber and desire in a series of works created through photographic process from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Otago Polytechnic Photography Lecturer, Rachel Allan, will soon head to New York for a solo show of her exhibition CRASH.

With more than a nod to J.G. Ballard’s book of the same name, CRASH sees Rachel explore the textured collision between technology and human inquiry

CRASH investigates the fear and supernatural atmosphere during an act of resuscitation, bringing images of near-death moments to the surface.

Interested in subterfuge, trickery and the alchemical magic of photography, Rachel’s work raises questions around the potential and expectations of image production in the 21st century. She deals with restraint, curiosity and mimicry. Her work challenges perceptions of reality to explore the fetishisation of objects within a photographic process.

Rachel is delighted to be exhibiting in New York which came about via a chance connection on social media with Wallplay – an experiential creative platform that connects artists, technology and gallery spaces with brands for cutting edge collaborations.

“A curator at Wallplay liked an image of one of my pieces – a one-eyed sphynx cat – on Instagram and it snowballed from there!” Rachel says.

Otago Polytechnic’s Dunedin School of Art is supporting Rachel’s exhibition in New York, funding a proportion of the cost to take it overseas.

Rachel’s photographic works will be on display at number 2 Rivington Street, New York from 28 June – 2 July. Rachel leaves for New York on 23 June.


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