• SPARK GALLERY:
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  • Rebecca Swan

    'I'll wait.' – Rebecca Swan 2010: c-type print on metallic paper: H 28” x W 24”

    For over 20 years Rebecca Swan has exhibited in major galleries and museums in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland and Germany. She has had 3 books published in 11 countries: ‘The Big C’ 1996, ‘Assume Nothing’ 2004 and ‘The Good Life’ 2010.

    Visit Rebecca’s website to see examples of her work and more information.

    For Spark, Rebecca will talk about a topic relevant to all artists:  ‘Making art and money’. This will covering exhibiting (working with museums and dealer galleries), publishing, commissions and private clients.

    Two dealer galleries represent Swan’s work, Mark Hutchins Gallery in Wellington and Whitespace in Auckland, and her art work is held in public and private collections in NZ, Australia and USA.

    Award winning film maker, Kirsty MacDonald, has made two films about Swan’s work, ‘Black and White’ in 2006 and ‘Assume Nothing’ in 2009. Both films continue to screen at festivals around the world.

    As a commercial photographer, Swan draws on a wide range of inspiration bringing a professionalism and fine arts sensibility to each project. Her commissioned portraits focus on capturing each person’s uniqueness with beauty, dignity and grace.

    In a nice coincidence, Assume Nothing (2009, NZ) directed by Kirsty MacDonald (82 minutes) is screening at Wintec as part of the UniQ Fabulous Film Festival

    August 11th, 2010.

    5:30pm in room Cg.16, Wintec.

     Many of us assume that there are only two genders and that being female or male follows from the sex of our biological bodies. Focusing on the art, photography and performances of four “alternative” gender artists Assume Nothing poses the questions: “What if “male” and “female” are not the only options? How do other genders express themselves through art?” Assume Nothing takes its title from the work of renowned NZ photographer Rebecca Swan’s book “Assume Nothing” (2004), which reveals an extraordinary diversity of gender identity from the Pacific region and beyond.