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  • Rebecca Swan to replace Mary Mattingly at Spark

    Due to family reasons, US photographer Mary Mattingly has unfortunately had to withdraw from Spark 2010. Mary was due to present at 10am on Monday 9th of August, and we regret any disappointment or inconvenience this change may cause. However, Spark is very pleased to welcome noted NZ photographer Rebecca Swan, who has kindly agreed to fill this spot at short notice.

    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. 

    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.

    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.

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

    In a timely coincidence, Assume Nothing, a film about Swan’s work directed by Kirsty MacDonald (82 minutes) is screening at Wintec during Spark week as part of the ‘UniQ Fabulous Film Festival’, at 5:30pm in room Cg.16, on August 11th, 2010 – Youtube trailer below.

    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.