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I Am - Photographic Exhibition Opening Night

I Am - Photographic Exhibition Opening Night

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  • Wed 25 May ’16, 5:00pm – 9:00pm


Studio One Toi Tū, 1 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

In the visual typography of Western media and entertainment the bodies of people of African descent have been and continue to be painted as a symbol of perversion, poverty, crime and shame. Studies reveal that others confront individuals from migrant and refugee backgrounds with ascriptions. These ascriptions are at times a result of one-dimensional media representation of the ‘other’ that result in interactions based on experiencing imagery that is heavily laden with stereotypes. As the prevalent of people of African descent living in New Zealand increases due to migration and birth, it becomes imperative to create stories that relate to the reality of those individuals.

We are proud to present the ‘I AM’ project that focuses the lens on what it means to be African in New Zealand without the assistance of stereotypes. The premise of the 'I AM' project is based on countering the one-dimensional narrative that is presented in the media about people of African descent. In creating steps towards countering that narrative we are able to collect and tell stories that will empower a community riddled with marginalisation as well as give a full humanistic perspective of their lived experiences.

The exhbition begins on the 25th of May at 5.00pm to honour Africa Day and the opening night will be a celebration of the lives of Africans living in New Zealand. Featuring live drums and a traditional coffee ceremony, come along to immerse yourself in the beautiful stories of the African community residing in New Zealand.

The exhibition is also part of Auckland Festival of Photography 2016 and Fringe Festival.

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