Behind the scenes
New Zealand art's proud protest tradition continues in Auckland.
Two Christchurch artists, Sandra Thomson and Michael Reed – together with Daniel Heyman (United States) and Diane Victor (South Africa) – are included in Collateral: Printmaking as social commentary, an exhibition that opened recently at Auckland's Gus Fisher Gallery. Curated by Elizabeth Rankin, Professor of Art History at the University of Auckland, Collateral builds on printmaking's long association with social and political critique, with a special focus on the indirect, innocent and unsung victims of conflict, oppression and injustice. Featuring large-scale screen prints on fabric, etchings, artist's books and engravings, the exhibition runs until 20 August.