The Alexia Foundation at the Auckland Festival of Photography


For the second consecutive year, The Alexia Foundation will be taking part in the Auckland Festival of Photography. The festival, which runs from June 1-June 24, is a citywide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place within Auckland, New Zealand’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites. Its purpose is to further the presence and awareness of photography.

Alexia Executive Administrator Jim Dooley will be presenting at the festival on behalf of The Alexia Foundation. He will be speaking as part of the Talking Culture series at The Auckland Art Gallery on June 4 from 3-4 p.m. Dooley will discuss the power of documentary photography, showing several stories from Alexia professional and student grantees. Further, he will discuss The Alexia Foundation, explaining the role it plays in giving photographers the support and resources to tell the stories that need to be told. He will also screen Walter Astrada and MediaStorm’s Undesired on selective sex abortion in India as well as the trailer for The Long Night, Tim Matsui and MediaStorm’s harrowing look at commercial sex exploitation.

During the month of the festival, a slide show of all the Alexia recipients since the foundation began giving awards in 1991 will be on a continuous loop in the main library of Auckland. Dooley will also be participating in the festival’s portfolio reviews and be on the panel of the Talking Culture Discussion “Identity + Photography” which will explore the fluid nature of personal, national and cultural identity and photography’s role in it. Shahidul Alam, Mayumi Suzuki, Scott A. Woodward, Emily Mafile’o, Raymond Sagapolutele, Ingetje Tadros, and Doris De Pont will also be taking part in the discussion.

Portfolio reviews take place June 5 from 11 to 2 p.m. in the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium Boardroom. If you are interested in having your work reviewed, it is advised that you register by emailing The Talking Culture Identity + Photography discussion will take place June 3 from 3-4 p.m. in the Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium. The Auckland Art Gallery is located at the corner of Kitchener & Wellesley Streets in Auckland, New Zealand.

We are very excited for Jim to introduce a whole new audience to the work of The Alexia Foundation at this amazing festival. We wish we could all be there. If you will be at the festival, please do come say hello.

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