The exhibition Certainly Very Merry takes its title from the answer given by cult 1970’s television chefs Peter Hudson and David Halls to an interviewer’s point-blank question “Are you gay?” Hudson and Halls’ unique brand of camp, slapstick, booze-soaked humour and questionable cooking beamed into New Zealand’s living rooms at a time when homophobia was rampant and homosexuality was illegal. The 1969 Stonewall Riots were still recent, the passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill would not occur until 1986 … and Hudson and Halls were in the closet with the door wide open.
Pride Festivals all over the world – including ours in Auckland – are celebrations of the distance our communities have come in terms of our diversity and creativity as well as our cultural and political power.
Certainly Very Merry is a creative, diverse, joyful cross-section of work by GLBT visual artists practising in Aotearoa New Zealand today.
Featuring Tanu Gago and Lonnie Hutchinson
2 February – 2 March 2016 Tim Melville Gallery
Preview 2 February 6pm< BACK TO LISTINGS