29 March – 25 April 2021
Amos Mann: Positive Negatives, Negative Positives
Positive Negatives, Negative Positives
New photographic works by Amos Mann
An exhibition of new photography exploring forms, textures, colours, and compositions found in nature, and the environmental damage caused by humans. Images are of found artefacts and specimens taken using film cameras in the field, and then re-photographed in the studio in physical composition with their negatives.
This process mirrors that of digital imaging programmes run by museums, galleries, and archives worldwide. Their aim is to produce high fidelity images of the art, artefacts, specimens, and photographic negatives in their collections, for longevity and access. Here, institutional goals are inverted – images are made using the same techniques, but instead, through creative play, produce expressive, open narratives and meanings.
Tensions and energies are drawn from the paradoxes and dichotomies fundamental to photography: object/image, negative/positive, analogue/digital, real/fake, colour opposites, and paradigms of scale, all of which remain explicit in the works and provide opportunities for new ways of looking at the relationships things have with their image.
Unframed limited editions of 5 (+ 2 artist proofs) signed giclée prints on archival cotton-rag paper.
Amos Mann (Pākehā, Jewish) is a composer, photographer, and creative writer. He also works in museums, leading creative/technical teams to produce interactive and immersive experiences.
Born in Ontario, Canada, on the Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, he has spent most of his life in te rohe o Kai Tahu, in and around Ōtepoti | Dunedin.
Amos has an artistic and radical family background and he has engaged in creative practice individually, collaboratively, and in participatory settings since childhood.
In his Masters of Musical Arts (Te Kōkī | New Zealand School of Music) Amos's research focused on participatory art theory and practice, and creative music notation.
Amos is a member of the experimental art sound glitterbang band Band Sensations.
Amos lives in te rohe o Ngāti Haumia, o Ngāti Toa Rangatira, in Paekākāriki, Kāpiti.