A community focused exhibition of photography presented for Auckland Festival of Photography by Waitakere College senior students. These images cover three different aspects of West Auckland identity ‘Kainga – my backyard’, ‘He Tangata – He Haporo – People and Communities’ and ‘Toku Whenua – Our Landscape’. Each photograph has been inspired by a poem, story or statement that encapsulates a thread of this kaupapa to why ‘West is Best’.
Cultural knowledge, within Māori and Moana communities, is often passed on through familial lines, both orally or embodied in particular practices and ceremonies. As with any knowledges, these practices are always in flux, responsive to shifting conditions. Colonisation, capitalism and migration have had a particular impact on how practices are continued. Some fall out of use; others adapt to new materials; still others continue on, fuelled by social functions and significance.
Sensitive, authentic and funny, Marie Shannon’s photography and video works present contemporary art as an intimate and immediate occupation. Rooms found only in the home is developed out of holdings of Marie Shannon’s works in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection and the artist’s personal archive. The exhibition explores the intersecting spheres of her practice; considering her different conceptual interests and dual focus on photography and video.