In Glen Innes at the moment are large photographic portraits of GI residents on the fence of Ruapotaka Marae, at PAK'nSAVE and other community bumping spaces. They are part of a community project called Face2Face which is connected to an international art project, ‘Inside Out’. Communities around the world are invited to use black and white photographic portraits to share their personal stories. They are made into posters and exhibited in their own communities. Tamati Patuwai from Mad Ave Studios, a community cultural development organisation based in Glen Innes, brought this project to his own community. “For us the art is the tool and a valued product, but telling people’s stories and building connections in the community is what it’s really about” he says. Face2Face celebrates the diversity of the Glen Innes community and stands for true communication between cultures, generations and families.
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