RICHARD ORJIS | Implicated and Immune | Michael Lett Gallery

An early video work "Sap" (2004) by RICHARD ORJIS is included in the exhibition "Implicated and Immune" at Michael Lett Gallery from 28 January 2015.  The curated exhibition  focuses on artistic responses to HIV/AIDS, both historical and contemporary, as well as offering broader meditations on desire, loss and the body. "Implicated and Immune" marks three decades of HIV in New Zealand and seeks to re-engage a wider public with the ongoing epidemic.

The exhibition partially reprises the first Auckland exhibition to explicitly respond to the epidemic. "Implicated and Immune: Artists’ Responses to AIDS" took place in late 1992 at the Fisher Gallery (now Te Tuhi) in Pakuranga, Auckland. This landmark exhibition featured work by artists including Jack Body, Fiona Clark, L. Budd, Richard Killeen and Fiona Pardington.

The new exhibition revisits these artists as well as drawing in other New Zealand practitioners including Billy Apple, Simon Denny, Russ Flatt, Jacqueline Fraser, RICHARD ORJIS, Giovanni Intra, Imogen Taylor and Douglas Wright.

Prevention materials from the New Zealand AIDS Foundation, an organisation that for 30 years has been at the forefront of New Zealand’s community-based response to the epidemic, will also be included.

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