17 Feb 2018

Luke Willis Thompson - autoportrait

From Saturday Morning, 11:40 am on 17 February 2018

Luke Willis Thompson's 35mm film autoportrait is a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer after a traffic-stop in Minnesota, US. Later that year Thompson invited her to work with him on the production of an artwork. The result, autoportrait, is one of three silent films shown in near-total darkness in a new exhibition at Wellington's Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi. Since winning the prestigious Walters Prize in 2014, Thompson's works have been exhibited around the world. autoportrait has been selected for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Thompson's exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, runs from February 21 to April 15, as part of the New Zealand Festival 2018.