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Monday, February 11, 2013
PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION ABOUT CHRISTCHURCH AND ITS PEOPLE USES RE:START AS TEMPORARY OPEN-AIR GALLERY
Photo - My Place - Bruce Connew
A large scale black and white photographic exhibition in Re:START takes
an exuberant and light-hearted look at the way Cantabrians enjoy the summer
months in Christchurch. The exhibition, drawn from the Place in Time
archive (2000-2012) has been specially curated for Art Beat, a four month
programme of art and music facilitated by Arts Voice Christchurch with the
support of the Todd Foundation.
Utilising the Re:START container mall as an open-air gallery, a
selection of 17 photographic images, entitled Summer in the City, have
been placed on the exterior walls of shop containers. Each photograph has been
handpicked to correspond with and reflect the shop inside each container.
Since the year 2000, the Place in Time documentary project has
been recording the city of Christchurch and a cross section of its people
through photography, oral history and documentary writing. The project has now
produced an extensive archive including a number of exhibitions, books and
Alongside the exhibition an educational programme will be held targeting
year seven and eight students. Students will be asked to respond to the work
they see in the Summer in the City exhibition by interviewing and
photographing retailers and customers in Re:START.
Art History lecturer at the University of Canterbury and Place in
Time’sSummer in the City curator, Dr. Barbara Garrie says “the
photographic exhibition will function within the structure of the retail
environment as opposed to something that sits alongside it. The images of
Christchurch people have been chosen to reflect the heart of our city, bringing
the enduring voices and laughter of these people back to the city centre.”
For the Summer in the City exhibition Place in Time have
designed a free mobile app to guide the audience around the photographs. The
app will provide stories and oral narratives about the images as well as
information about the projects they come from.
Glenn Busch, Director of Place in Time, says “the Place in
Time project has been enormously popular in Christchurch since its
inception in 2000. The project achieved record attendances in 2003 with the My
Place exhibition at COCA Gallery. We hope that Summer in the City,
created by Arts Voice Christchurch for Art Beat, will be just as successful.”
The exhibition is part of the Art Beat programme which has been bringing
local music and art into the centre of Christchurch since November 2012. Art
Beat finishes at the end of February.
Art Beat Project Facilitator Deborah McCormick, says “the month long Place
in Time exhibition is a great way to top off what has been an exciting
programme of art and music in Re:START. Art Beat and Arts Voice Christchurch
have successfully created opportunities for over 170 local and emerging artists
whilst bringing a buzz back into the central city.”
Photo - The Aranui Project - Mark Gore
more information contact
Art Beat Facilitator
027 280 9557