On 31 December 2020 we returned from the UK to New Zealand. The new variant had sent ripples of fear across the world. Countries were closing their borders to the UK and its 3rd lockdown was imminent. With family and friends curious about our experience I decided to create a diary of our 14 days in NZ managed isolation (MI).
Managed isolation doesn’t align to everyone’s values, but it is what NZ has chosen to do in response to the pandemic. For arrivals there is no secret this is what you are expected to do. In fact you can’t board a plane here without proof you have a place booked in an isolation hotel. For the date your flight lands.
In return Kiwis live in a island utopia. While other countries are in lockdown, Kiwis are hedonistically experiencing a near-as-normal summer with music festivals and whanau/family gatherings. And they can give hugs.
You can read about our experience on the NZ border here.
Plans for 2020 involve curating Set in Stone, my first show for the brilliant artist-led organisation ArtCan. The show was originally scheduled to take place during the summer at the lovely 44AD gallery in Bath. The gallery show has been postponed until February 2021 with a virtual pre-exhibition taking place in October. The PV and Curators talk is on 14th October. RSVP for the PV zoom link at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through Your Eyes
I was delighted to have my photograph ‘Through Your Eyes’ feature on the marketing poster for Courtyard Arts & Hertford Theatre Gallery’s Poetry & Photography exhibition in Oct/Nov 2019.
‘It is a very arresting image – we’re delighted to feature it in the show!’ – Courtyard Arts
Sixteen Sunsets/Sixteen Sunrises
In 2018 I was delighted to have my photograph used as the basis for the inside album cover image for dub artist Misled Covoy’s autumn releaseSixteen Sunsets. The album is accompanied by stunning visuals for each soundtrack. (I have a sneaky rather grumpy cameo appearance in one of these)
The image was subsequently remixed for the front cover of Sixteen Sunrisesreleased in May 2020 by Misled Convoy featuring re-rubs by Adrian Sherwood and Uncle Fester on Acid.