FADE @ Depot Artspace, Devonport Auckland

The story of FADE is very dear to me and I am thrilled it is treasured again, this time @ Depot Artspace Devonport, Auckland. Since it was first shown at the Sir James Wallace’s Pah Homestead in September 16, FADE has been seen by more that 30.000 visitors in three galleries – today, 22 July 17, it opens in Devonport until August 16th. My gratitude to the four galleries that gave FADE such beautiful home and chance to be seen. Here a sneak preview to its showing in lovely Devonport -  curious to get your feedback X

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Exhibition shots @ Whangarei Art Museum

Today was the last day of FADE @ Whangarei Art Museum. I was up twice to visit – each time with very special people. The way the churches were showcased at WAM was very different to the first two galleries – at WAM the show was presented in a big gallery and each image had its very own big breathing space and lighting. All galleries managed to create a calm intimacy that the featured treasures represent and deserve. Very grateful for that. I will post more shots from the exhibition at WAM as soon as I receive the footage from the gallery. It’s been quite a journey for the treasures of the Hokianga. Beautiful!

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Te Waka Huia rehearsal

With Te Waka Huia on the last weekend and wananga before Te Matatini 2017. Absolutely beautiful to reconnect with the whanau and to feel their powerful and warm wairua. In awe like on the first day eight years ago. Probably even more. Never ending passion and excellence xxx

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FADE opens @ Whangarei Art Museum

FADE opens at Whangarei Art museum (WAM) on 27 February and runs until 2nd April 2017.

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Marti Friedlander…memories

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Abandoned…or chasing ghosts

One day my attraction to abandoned old places will collapse on me.

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The James Wallace Arts Trust Collection

Third quarter last year, three works of the FULL MOON KINGDOM show were acquired by The James Wallace Arts Trust Collection – true honor. And one of the images already had the chance to see the beautiful Pah Homestead from the inside and dance alongside FADE for a couple of weeks. Nice!

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FADE in Rawene

Very happy that FADE, my exhibition about the quaint churches of the Hokianga, arrived up North – it opened right in the heart of the Hokianga at No1 Parnell gallery in Rawene on 22 Dec 16 – the show is on until 29 Jan 17, hope lots of people will be able to check it out. Matt Elliott and I are delighted about the interest & feedback. Matt’s research about the history of all featured churches accompanies the exhibition and is published in the exhibition catalogue which was elegantly designed by Martina Steiert.

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2016

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2016.

a beast it was.
unsure if to hiss or purr,
doing both with passion.

Let’s dance all night
Lift up

and embrace more moments of Life;

joys and
sorrows.

Happy New Year xx


 

 

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FADE in the Hokianga

IMG 8133 021 FADE in the HokiangaFor years, my then-partner Glenn Colquhoun shared his knowledge and deep love for Northland with me. To me, someone who wasn’t born in New Zealand, that is a taonga as I was introduced to that part of Aotearo and its people from the inside and the heart. Over the last couple of years, I experienced so many special places, met incredibly unique and beautiful characters and felt welcome wherever I went – I could only also fall in love with it! The many visits left deep marks on me and FADE is a result and expression of my relationship and love for that part of NZ. I wouldn’t be surprised if more stories will come out of it in the future. I have strong emotional connections to Mitimiti and Rawene and couldn’t be happier that FADE will be showcased @ No 1 Parnell gallery in Rawene from 22 December to the 29 January 2017. I have seen the historic house on the prominent corner in Rawene vacant for a couple of years, struggling to find a purpose. Linda Blincko and Lynn Lawton from the Deport Artspace in Devonport transformed the space – it has become a bright generous and central hub that supports and treasures art. It was important to me that FADE started in Auckland to raise awareness for the treasures of the Hokianga amongst ‘city people’ but I always hoped it would also be able to travel home to the heart of the Hokianga to be shared with those that live side by side and look after them. My greatest thanks to Linda and Lynn for the passionate support and making this possible.

Long live the churches of the Hokianga XX

 

 

Chris Booth’s tribute to Ralph Hotere

Last weekend was the bi-annual kutai festival in beloved Mitmiti. Loved catching-up with my Mitimiti whanau. SO much fun. All my photos go to the community (some to follow here soon). Of course I had to climp up to the urupa to visit Ralph Hotere’s grave – the unveiling just occurred on Labour day weekend. And up there in the windy sky, I had the pleasure to meet one other soul who turned out to be Ralph’s brother Moss. What an incredibly lovely encounter. Beautiful chat which ended in taking photos of each other with Ralph and Chris Booth’s most beautiful stone weaving for his friend Ralph Hotere. I felt blessed.

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Marti Friedlander

Oh dearest Marti my heart aches over today’s news. I have been dreading this announcement. I held you close all weekend while being up in Mitimiti, a place I know you always wanted to visit. I will hold you close forever. My greatest inspiration and teacher xxx OUR greatest inspiration. RIP. My heart felt love and condolences to you beautiful Gerard. The earth shuddered when you left. I am lost for words.

 Marti Friedlander

Kathrin Simon’s FADE in ‘Art New Zealand’

Such joy to have FADE featured in the 40 year anniversary edition of Art NZ. Wonderful write-up by poet Riemke Ensing and beautiful presentation of the work on 5 pages. Very happy. Go and check out this colorful summer 2016-17 edition! FADE continues to be exhibited at the Pah Homestead until Sunday 27Nov16. X

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Hawaiki TŪ TAKETAKE 2016

An honor to shoot Hawaiki TŪ – Haka Theatre TAKETAKE 2016 last week. Greatest respect and congratulations to all performers, the whole team and my beautiful and super talented friends Kura Te Waati (Te Ua) and Beez Ngarino Te Waati – you are such an inspiration. The piece was full of fire, strength, grace and tenderness. Powerful and breathtaking. I hope my images manage to convey that. Aroha to all of you Hawaiki TU and that wee dancing bub in you Kura  X here a few highlights

He kākano ahau i ruia mai i Rangiātea – I am a seed which was sewn in the heavens of Rangiatea.

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FADE – artist talk Kathrin Simon & Matt Elliott

The talk last Saturday at the Pah Homestead was a really enjoyable session. Very interactive and true interest in the room. Wonderful. Thanks so much for coming to celebrate these treasures and hear more about this journey.
Here a little record of the event – it was fun!!

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Auckland Heritage Festival | FADE by Kathrin Simon

FADE is part of the Auckland Heritage Festival starting today – hope you have time to check it out….the show has now been extended to 27 November 16

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Opening invitation Kathrin Simon: FADE

Matt Elliott and I hope to see you coming Monday for the opening celebration of FADE at the beautiful Pah Homestead. Looking forward to it!

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In loving memory of ‘Bub’ Ngapo Wehi

I was out of the country and only yesterday learned from a dear Te Waka Huia friend that kapa haka legend Dr Ngapo Wehi passed away on 31 July 16. My heart goes out to his whanau and all that loved and adored Bub for who he was – a beautiful, humble and inspiring man. I am filled with sadness for losing him but am also feeling utterly blessed to have met him – his generous wairua always present, his watching eyes always open and knowing. Without him saying anything, I felt his caring wings over me, welcoming my presence on my many visits onto the marae with Te Waka Huia. As a photographer, I am naturally observant and seeing his passionate dedication and love for his whanau, his wife Pimia, his ropu, his culture and his art touched my heart deeply. Watching the genuine love and respect he received from everyone around him was just remarkable and very moving.  He was such a beautiful man. Thank you Koro. Thank you. Thank you.

All my love. RIP.

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FADE @ the PAH Homestead gallery

Very happy to share first publicity for my next exhibition in collaboration with historian Matt Elliott. For more info  click here Kathrin Simon : FADE

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FMK – exhibition shots

the space, the people, the atmosphere, the art…

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