• Fiona Clark

To coincide with the first survey of Christopher Perkins’ New Zealand works, Adam Art Gallery has invited Taranaki-based artist Fiona Clark to develop an installation that draws on her extensive archive of images relating to te mounga, the mountain under whose shadow she lives and works.

Fiona Clark (born 1954) received a Diploma in Fine Arts (Hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 1975, focusing on performance and sculpture, though photography became her favoured medium. She has developed her practice from this time, undertaking in-depth, long-term photographic projects documenting specific social groups including transgender, gay and lesbian communities, body-builders, AIDS sufferers, and local Māori. Significant projects she has undertaken include Kai Moana (1979/81); Body Building (1982); He Taura Tangata (1986); Living with AIDS (1989); The Other Half (1997), and Go Girl (2002). Her work was included in, but subsequently removed from the first survey of contemporary photography, The Active Eye, organised and toured by the Manawatu Art Gallery in 1975–6, a problematic act of censorship in response to public outcry at her photographs’ subject matter. Since then, her works have been included in exhibitions at public galleries including Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth; Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt; Manawatu Art Gallery, Palmerston North; Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui; National Art Gallery, Wellington; City Gallery, Wellington, and other spaces such as Real Pictures; Photoforum Gallery; Raven Row, London; Artspace, Auckland, and Michael Lett, Auckland. Clark lives and works in Tikorangi, where she presents her work in a gallery she has created in a part of the old dairy factory she owns and where she maintains and develops her extensive archives.

She is represented by Michael Lett, Auckland.

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