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Visibility Paradigm Exhibition at Unitec’s Gallery One

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The Visibility Paradigm Exhibition curated by Unitec photography lecturer Allan McDonald will feature as part of the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography Control theme taking place between May 25 and June 13.

The exhibition features work from Unitec Creative Industries lecturers William Bardebes and Emma Smith, as well as Caryline Boreham, Sheryl Campbell, Solomon Mortimer, Yvonne Shaw, Hayley Theyers, Carly van Winkel and Chris Young. The opening night of the exhibition is Thursday, May 24, from 5-7pm.
 
Curator Allan McDonald recently won the New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award, with Carbon Empire by Rim Books.  
 
“The theme of control has been selected by the festival as a response to the rapidly increasing advance of camera surveillance technologies in the digital age”, said Mr McDonald. “I thought it would be interesting to take a broad tangential approach to this central idea, particularly given the history of the building the gallery resides in.”

“The different projects in the exhibition bear the imprint of the artist’s individual subjectivities and histories and as such explore a range of dynamics between visibility and control. These range from a typology of prison architecture through to subtle interplays such as might exist in a look between two people,” Mr McDonald added.

A panel discussion running parallel to the exhibition features Dr Leon Tan, William Bardebes, Allan McDonald, Dr Nina Seja and Dr Scott Wilson and will be hosted in Gallery One on Saturday, 9 June, from 1-2pm. It will take place inside a camera obscura under a veil of semi-darkness to play with conventions of visibility, the camera and the photographic audience. The discussion will examine notions of visibility, power and the camera in the age of face recognition technology.  
 
More information about the exhibition is here.  
 
Gallery One will be open daily from 9.30am-4pm Monday-Friday and is located inside the main entrance of Building 1 on Unitec’s Mt Albert campus. 


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