Posted Tuesday 18 Jan 2022
Aucklanders, here's something exciting for you this Saturday evening! The Auckland premiere of Fiona Clark: Unafraid is screening at Avondale's Hollywood Cinema followed by a Q&A with director Lula Cucchiara and artist Fiona Clark. The screening is part of the In The Shade film festival.
Fiona Clark shocked 1970s New Zealand with her documentary images of Auckland’s burgeoning queer scene. However, mainstream society was not ready to accept them and her negatives were censored, images were pulled from exhibition, and art dealers refused to work with her.
Four decades later, Fiona Clark: Unafraid recounts how the photographer overcame censorship, homophobia, sexism and debilitating physical injuries to become one of our most respected social documentarians.
The film invites audiences inside the decommissioned Taranaki dairy factory that Fiona calls her home and office, an abandoned milking shed converted into a darkroom and powered by its own natural gas well, repaired by the photographer herself. Through a series of candid interviews, the documentary paints a picture of the artist as an eclectic, staunchly independent force of nature.
When: 6:15pm, Saturday 22 January, 2022
Where: Hollywood Cinema, 20 St Georges Rd, Avondale, Auckland