Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Harvey Benge at Zendai MoMA Shanghai

Here is an installation picture of my work Sixty Portraits that is currently showing with MoMA Shanghai's Art and Life 366 programme. The work has been installed in a public location and is part of the museums year long strategy to bring art out of the museum into the public arena. The sixty photographs in this series were made between 2001 and 2007 in France (Paris), New Zealand (Northcote), and China (Pingyao). The images were shot in an intentionally deadpan, uncontrived and democratic fashion. Randomly sequenced, the viewer is left to look for clues as to location and identity. The works purpose is to raise issues of race, multiculturalism and globalisation. The series will also be one of several projection works shown at the opening of the Auckland Photography Festival on May 30.

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