On show at the Papakura Art Gallery until 16 June, this is not a show about Cowgirls and Cowboys. Nor does it make witty references to drug epidemics and samurai swords.
Rather, it is a show that is quite literal in its naming. “Girls Who Shoot” refers to female photographers Anita Jacobsen, Ane Tonga and Amanda Warwick and “Boys Who Draw” refers to male artists Anthony Tia, Limi Manu and Onesian who have strong drawing-based practices.
The exhibition Girls Who Shoot / Boys Who Draw has been curated for Papakura Art Gallery by Auckland artist Janet Lilo through invitation by Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust.
Lilo graduated from AUT with a Master of Art and Design in 2007 and is known for her community-based documentary-style work, which has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She describes the objective of her practice as being “to engage, involve, research and educate diverse communities using visual art and creative processes as a platform for learning and empowerment”.
This exhibition is part of the Pacific Arts Summit 2012 and an Auckland Festival of Photography 2012 fringe event.
The Curator for GWSBWD, Janet Lilo, took some time out of her busy schedule to have a quick chat to us about the show.
EXHIBITION DATES : 19 May to 16 June 2012
OPENING : 10.30am Saturday 19 May
PUBLIC PROGRAMME : 10am to 2pm Saturday 26 May
Girls Who Shoot/Boys Who Draw exhibition curator Janet Lilo talks to us about the family event, Fam Bam! A free family event where anyone can come in to the Papakura Art Gallery and have their family portraits taken by a professional photographer. The high quality portrait image will be put on a disc for participants to take away.
COMMUNITY PROJECT : 21 May to 1 June
Walking Murals : Girls Who Shoot / Boys Who Draw
A collaboration between years 3 to 12 students from St Mary’s Primary School in Papakura and artist Allen Vili, AKA Onesian. Designed and facilitated by Kate Hart. With thanks to Creative Communities.