Born 1968 Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Lives and works in
Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Gavin Hipkins’ photographs, photo installations and moving image works strategically deploy various techniques and styles of image-making to interrogate how images create meaning. Over the last two decades, his work has been concerned with photography and architecture as modernist technologies, as well as the nation state — particularly in colonised countries in an era of reimagined communities and ideas of social and political utopia. In 2010, he began making non-linear narrative films, which frequently reference nineteenth-century texts. These films adapt selected writings to contemporary settings that relate to both the past and to possible futures. His recent moving image works engage film as a cinematic art that blurs conventional genres of essay film, documentary and experimental narrative structures.