Past Event

CLOSE UR EYES, MAKE A WISH Film screening and artist talk

Rātapu 21 Māehe

Sunday 21 March

2021

Blue Oyster Art Project Space

Nails in dirt

Sunday 21 March, 7pm
Blue Oyster Art Project Space


Feel the grass, kissing the wind.

"CLOSE UR EYES, MAKE A WISH is a poem I wrote in 2020 which I have also used as a script for this film. This poem and film responds to my combatting feelings of love and mourning between my relationships to gender and my natural surroundings. Feeling grounded and a part of this ecosystem is directly linked to my sense of wellbeing. This work is an articulation of how I, as a nonbinary person, am interconnected with my own time and place." - Connor Fitzgerald

Followed by a discussion with Connor Fitzgerald and Louie Zalk-Neale about queerness, nature, and their exhibition at Blue Oyster Art Project Space. 


GLOSSY LEAF kiss
Connor Fitzgerald & Louie Zalk-Neale
Exhibition runs: 4 March – 10 April 2021


This event is part of Dunedin Fringe Festival and supported by Creative New Zealand.

Connor Fitzgerald

Connor Fitzgerald is a nonbinary artist based in Te Whanganui-A-Tara, with a multi-disciplinary practice in video, writing and installation. They let their experience as a transfeminine person lead the direction of their research. Centring themself within the wider context of their surroundings opens opportunity for their creative output to be a process for grounding.

Connor Fitzgerald

Connor Fitzgerald is a nonbinary artist based in Te Whanganui-A-Tara, with a multi-disciplinary practice in video, writing and installation. They let their experience as a transfeminine person lead the direction of their research. Centring themself within the wider context of their surroundings opens opportunity for their creative output to be a process for grounding.

Louie Zalk-Neale

Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi, Pākehā) is a queer artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, originally from Hokitika. Louie grounds their practice in bodily adornment created from found and natural materials, making reference to clothing while inviting adaptive usage. By activating these material explorations in interactive performances and re-imagining them in images, Louie allows space for their audience to critically observe and embody the absurdity of normalised experiences; with LGBTQI+ traditions and Mātauranga Māori supporting their practice.

Louie Zalk-Neale

Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi, Pākehā) is a queer artist based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington, originally from Hokitika. Louie grounds their practice in bodily adornment created from found and natural materials, making reference to clothing while inviting adaptive usage. By activating these material explorations in interactive performances and re-imagining them in images, Louie allows space for their audience to critically observe and embody the absurdity of normalised experiences; with LGBTQI+ traditions and Mātauranga Māori supporting their practice.