Sorry not sorry coming to Franklin

‘Sorry, not sorry,’ a photographic exhibition, will be at the Franklin Arts Centre until Saturday 7 April. It will feature a mix of photographic works from Conor Clarke and Tia Huia Ranginui. Conor Clarke, who grew up near Pukekohe, says she’s chuffed to be asked to show her work on the ‘home turf’ so to say! “Even though I’ve been living in Berlin for nine years, I still feel really connected to the place. A lot of my early work was made right here, snooping around the front yards of Pukekohe.”
Hoping to study painting, Conor ended up doing a photography workshop and hasn’t touched a paintbrush since. Conor says she shoots most of her work using an old medium format camera and colour negative. “Sometimes it’s a fully analogue process from start to finish, and other times I scan the negatives and digitally manipulate the images—this is the case with the works on show at the Franklin Arts Centre.”
Conor is interested in landscape representation throughout art history, particularly the picturesque, sublime and romantic gestures. “These days I use romanticism as a subtle form of activism, using it to question how we use, categorise and perceive the natural world,” said Conor. “My inspiration comes from urban nature, ideas I struggle with or that frustrate me, and things I see on my walks.”
The subjects Conor uses include noxious weeds, steam clouds rising from power plant cooling towers and piles of sand and dirt. “I use these subjects to remind us why we long for that other kind of nature, the kind worthy of a capital ‘N.”
Conor said, “there are two of us in the show, and we met during my recent artist residency in Whanganui where we began collaborating. Tia’s work will get you thinking about traditional concepts of tapu and their relevance in contemporary society, and I will have you seeing piles of dirt in a new light.”
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