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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Events in four corners of the world, Wellington, Barcelona, Kathmandu and New York

It's been an extraordinary couple of months of art events, I feel so very lucky to be doing what I love most in my life.

The Asia Pacific Out Games were a heady mix of art, human rights and partying. At the Kissing Booth event at Mark Hutchins Gallery during SWEAT, I photographed eight couples on the night and got some hot images. I edited on the fly and uploaded the images onto the gallery screen during the evening.

At the APOG Human Rights Conference I did a workshop about the power of images with Jack Byrne, Kirsty MacDonald, Mani Bruce Mitchell and Cindy Lewis and a film screening of Assume Nothing with a Q and A afterwards.

Assume Nothing the exhibition has been on show at the Cultural Centre F. Bonnemaison since February 24th and due to it's success it has been extended until April 29th. We are hoping it will be booked at other venues through Spain.
Kirsty MacDonalds short film Black and White is screening at Contemporary Art Museum of Castilla y León in May, exact screening time to be confirmed.

Last week I returned from Nepal where the people and the mountains touched my heart. It's an experience I'll never forget. I was attending Count Me In, a conference addressing discrimination against marginalised women in South Asia organised by CREA. It was a privilege to photograph and interview a selection of people in my make shift studio. I produced a collection of 16 portraits with text which will become a shared resource for the organisations who where there. I took over 5 rolled up vinyl prints from Assume Nothing. They were part of a group exhibition with four other photographic projects, including a very interesting one by blind photographers. It was good to know it's possible to carry a studio and exhibition in carry on luggage- luckily it was never weighed.

Assume Nothing the American edition of the book, is a finalist in the Lambda Literary Awards announced in May in New York.
Continuum: Gender Identities Exhibition Opens this Saturday, April 30th, 2011, 6 - 9 pm and runs through until June 3rd at the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, Ridgefield. This is a group show curated by Nancy Moore, whose son is a transguy. Through art, she wanted to to create "A big conversation in a small town".