At first there was “The Sheila’s Arms”. It opened in 1992, then changed to “Club 47”. The building was demolished in October 1996, These images are part of a series. New Plymouth, Taranaki.
Fiona Clark is one of Aotearoa’s most notable photographers but, thanks to the repressive environment of 1970s New Zealand, her career was almost stubbed out before it began.
The artist’s early images captured the heady local excitement of gay liberation that mainstream society was not ready to accept; her negatives were censored, images pulled from exhibition, and art dealers refused to work with her.
Four decades later, Fiona Clark: Unafraid tells the story of how the photographer overcame censorship, homophobia, sexism, and debilitating physical injuries to become one of our most respected social documentarians.
Writer: Adrian Hatwell