City Gallery City Gallery Wellington

Past exhibition

Lucien Rizos: Where I Find Myself

20 May–19 June 2005

On the northern wall of his Hataitai living room, Lucien Rizos is constantly rearranging photos, drawings, photocopies, and other material in an ever-changing assemblage. For this show, Rizos transposes 'the wall' into the Gallery.

A violinist in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rizos practices in his living room, spending long periods of time facing ‘the wall’. While his musical career is predicated on discipline, rigor, and technique, his approach to photography is more curious and experimental.

Rizos’s wall is rich in surprising juxtapositions and unusual contrasts, linkages and rephrasings, visual and verbal puns. He has rephotographed famous images by photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and appropriated nondescript details from the backgrounds of famous images for his own photos.

An adjacent gallery space contains another ‘wall’ of photographs, this time drawing on snapshots and portraits that Rizos has gathered from the homes of his family. The ‘family room’ is also about echoes and reiteration: people disappear and reappear, family resemblances emerge, narratives of emigration and resettlement are hinted at.

This show is about the conversation between the two ‘walls’ in Rizos’s consciousness, neither of which is exactly public or private. It's less about the difference between the family snapshot and the ‘artistic’ image, more about a dialogue between them.