EXHIBITION: Photography by Grant Apiata, 5 February – 13 April 2019
Soul Lounge 2018, Photography by Grant Apiata
5 February – 13 April 2019
These photographic moments date from June 2018 when hip hop DJ Grantis aka Grant Apiata was invited to photograph the R&B concert Soul Lounge at Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku.
This live music event celebrated local urban Pacific sounds, featuring performances by a roll call of south Auckland musical talent. The line-up included TJ Taotua and the Ministry of Tone with The Standard, La Coco, Miss Hannah, Molee Tauo, and Keshia as well as guest appearances by Māngere musicians Russell Harrison and Mike Haru aka LoKey.
Soul Lounge invites local audiences to enjoy live music in their own neighbourhood, at a quality live music venue. Grassroots venues play a vital role in the success of Auckland’s music economy and provide a training ground for developing artists and performers. In this way, Soul Lounge celebrates Auckland’s status as a UNESCO City of Music.
Apiata is known primarily as a club and radio DJ with Base FM and as a member of the Māori HiFi DJ collective. He has built a reputation over the last decade as a documentary photographer of urban culture in Auckland. His perspective as a musician makes his cataloguing of the music industry an intimate portrait.
Apiata’s work is a fascinating archive of an industry in action. His exhibition at Fresh Gallery Ōtara in 2017 documented the phenomenon of Bedroom Producers. His imagery has graced albums and publicity material, and his exhibition history includes Ata Te Tangata, in Pingyao China in 2016, The 4 Elements of Hip Hop at Nathan Homestead, 2016 and a pop-up exhibition at Hawkins Theatre in Papakura in 2015.
Grant Apiata (Ngā Puhi) has a Bachelor of Communications in Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia and a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development. He lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau.
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’Bedroom Producers: A Decade of New Zealand Hip-Hop in Photos’ March 2017, Vice - read the article here.
Image credit: La Coco
[notice provided by Māngere Arts Centre Ngā Tohu o Uenuku]