Two weeks away from hanging this show, Jon and I have put out a joint press release, since we are exhibiting in the same building at the same time.
Following, is the press release along with some pictures of each.
Disruption as photographers Celebrate 25 years
New ‘disruptive’ work by two photographers who have a history of collaboration of over two decades will be on show in Auckland in June, as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography.
Jon Carapiet and Stu Sontier have worked separately and together since 1995 but in their latest exhibitions they approach the photographic ‘moment’ from different and challenging angles.
Though they are veterans of the black and white print and darkroom processes, their latest photographs both disrupt and show reverence for photographic history and documentary photography. Both work in colour and both regard the photograph as an uncertain holder of truth, perhaps in sympathy with the age of fake news and ambiguity.
Carapiet scans broadcast television for ‘found moments’ that symbolise the threat of climate instability, while Sontier extends insignificant and repetitive moments to create a subtle level of intensity and questioning.
The notion of the ‘moment’ in photography has a pedigree tracing back to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Decisive Moment’ which Carapiet references in his show title. This – the significant moment that defines an incident – and the idea that the camera never lies, are brought into question in these two exhibitions running concurrently in the Hum Salon, on Grafton Rd, Auckland.
Carapiet is driven by a concern for global politics but without a hectoring voice. Sontier looks for a more internal dialogue where multiple images in varying forms beguile and echo around the walls. The moment is fractured and opened for investigation.
Sontier: “Although the work in both shows fits securely in the contemporary art realm (and will likely infuriate some photographic purists), we have a reverence for photography and the work is part of a long dialogue with it’s history. We’ve both chosen to go outside of some photographic conventions in order to explore our interests in wider form.”
Jon Carapiet: Rain Fade (The Decisive Moment)
Stu Sontier: From This One Moment
Both shows will run from June 2nd to 14th, with an opening on Tuesday the 4th of June at 5.30pm at Hum Salon, cnr Grafton Rd and Park Rd, Grafton Bridge, Auckland. Normal hours: 10am – 7pm Tues to Sunday