• ETA (Edith's Talent Agency) | Edith Amituanai | Anna Miles Gallery

    ETA (Edith’s Talent Agency) | Edith Amituanai

    Edith Amituanai

    ETA (Edith’s Talent Agency)

    5  October – 27 October 2017

    Anna Miles Gallery 

    Central Auckland






    Exhibition Details



    ETA (Edith’s Talent Agency) | Edith Amituanai


    Opening Thurs 5 October 6-8pm

    Artist Talk Sun 15 October at 1pm


    Exhibition runs until Friday 27 October at 3pm
    Gallery hours: Thursdays – Saturdays 11-3 & by appointment



    Edith Amituanai likes to use the term ‘on location’ – “to tell others what I’ve
    been up to . . . ‘On location’ means I’ve been immersed in some strange and
    complicated place and requires time to understand. I’ve been working in
    Ranui, masquerading as a kind of youth worker who uses art as a vehicle to
    engage young people. I’ve spent the last 4 years getting off my driveway to
    photograph a kind of public life.”


    Her long awaited ETA follows on from #keeponkimiora at Hastings Art
    Gallery earlier this year. This exhibition brought together photographs made
    by Edith and students and staff of Flaxmere’s Kimiora Community School that
    she worked with during a 5 week residency. For more on #keeponkimiora
    see –



    In contrast, ETA sees Edith back on the streets of Ranui, her West Auckland
    suburb. The exhibition brings together documentary/street portraiture style
    images as well as the collection of over 100 polaroid portraits she has made
    of the ‘local talent’ (that are occasionally signed and otherwise embellished
    by their subjects). Auckland Art Gallery Curator, Julia Waite who has
    contributed an article to the Zine accompanying the exhibition, explains: “ETA
    is the result of four years of working in [Edith’s] local West Auckland
    neighbourhood, a place that demands new methodologies, new ways of
    working with the community, and new thinking in relation to the
    representation of the subject.”


    Edith’s Zine (based on a friendship book) that will be launched at the
    exhibition, is her first, ‘photobook’. It’s a book that incorporates the full range
    of photographic formats she has used in her neighbourhood — a spectrum of
    old and new, specialist and amateur . . . Instax Polaroid to medium format
    and phone. Edith uses whatever works best to build the relationships and
    community she documents. Referring to the Zine she says, “The book travels
    well . . . and this is important. It’s about maximum visibility for my subjects.



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