Rooms Found Only in the Home

Rooms Found Only in the Home

Marie Shannon

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
420 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, Auckland

25 May – 25 August 2019 

Artist talk: Marie Shannon and Gavin Hipkins: Sunday 26 May, 3pm

Opening function Saturday 8 June, 4pm

Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography

Marie Shannon:  New Zealand’s funniest art video , 1994

Marie Shannon: New Zealand’s funniest art video, 1994

Sensitive, authentic and funny, Marie Shannon’s photography and video works present contemporary art as an intimate and immediate occupation. Rooms found only in the home is developed out of holdings of Marie Shannon’s works in the Dunedin Public Art Gallery collection and the artist’s personal archive. The exhibition explores the intersecting spheres of her practice; considering her different conceptual interests and dual focus on photography and video.

Many of Shannon’s works hinge on relationships – the objects and evidence of personal interactions enacted through the course of everyday life. As she focuses attention on her family life, daily observations, and the process of art-making, a sense of past and present becomes important. Over time, the concept of distance has come to play a more acute role in Shannon’s work, with the effects of separation and the passage of time becoming prevalent concerns. Her video works and recent photography introduce more of an archival tendency – a process of cataloguing the contents, absences, and memories that shape her present day.

Developed and toured by Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Read the PhotoForum review by Mary-Jane Duffy

Read the interview with Marie by Federico Monsalve in Urbis Magazine