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Research from Allan, Rachel

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Rachel Allan



Rachel is a Lecturer in Photography and Electronic Arts and the public liaison for Dunedin School of Art Foundation. She was awarded her Master of Fine Arts with distinction from Dunedin School of Art. Within her practice she utilizes both traditional chemical photographic techniques and modern interpretations to investigate photography's relationship to memory and personal enquiry. Similarly, she questions our relationship to photographs, both chemical and digital, considering their paradoxical messages. Her approach to supervising postgraduate studio work is a practice-led conversation. She is experienced working with students for whom English is a second language.

Research Outputs

Creative Work

Allan, R. (2019) sex & sedatives Vernissage: Postcard Salon 2019. Jarvis Dooney Galerie Linienstraße 116, 10115 Berlin, Germany. https://www.facebook.com/events/805654209772375/

Allan, R H (2017) CRASH Rivington Street Gallery in association with Wallplay, New York, 24 June - 3 July

Allan. R.H. (2017) From the series: umbrellas & glass. Selected by proposal to show at the Tokyo International Arts Festival, Hibuya Hilarie Hall, sponsored by Global Art Agency, Tokyo. 16 & 27 May, 2017.

Allan, R. H (2017) CRASH Pigott Gallery, Dunedin. 25 August - 12 September 2017 2 x 1000 x 2000 mm digital ink jet prints, 6 x 500 x 500 mm digital ink jet prints, 1 x 1000 x 1000 mm digital ink jet print, 1 x Ambrotype 165 mm x 125 mm, 2 x Gelatin Silver Print on Vintage Tura 101.6 mm x 127 mm, 2 x Gelatin Silver Print on Vintage Tura 203.2 mm x 254 mm

Allan, R.H (2017) Anything could happen. “Polystyrene Bear” & “Red Fish” Inkjet Prints 500 x 500mm. Selected by a committee through a proposal process to be included in a group exhibition of 15 contemporary art and fashion from Dunedin, at the Yu Gallery, Yu Yuan, Shanghai May 8– June 9, 2017 curated by Margo Barton, Jane Malthus and Anthony Deaker. The Yu Gallery, Yu Yuan, Shanghai May 8– June 9, 2017

Allan, R H (2017) If you were my Goshawk. Cleveland National Art Award, biennial juried exhibition, Otago Art Society, Dunedin. 28 April -29 May Category Two: Photography Digital Graphic - Merit.

Allan, R. H (2017) coke & popcorn: the image and the series self published book

Allan, R.H (2017) Elizabeth Taylor: From the series CRASH Dunedin School of Art Gallery, GROUP SHOW, "Ways of Seeing: Vale John Berger", 7 - 17 Feb https://www.facebook.com/DunedinSchoolofArt/photos/a.1644680842214161.1073741858.151634554852138/1644681222214123/?type=3&theater

Allan. R.H. (2016) Tokyo Is Yours. self published photo book. Blurb.

Allan, R. H (2016) Teeth and Cancer. Self published Photo book, Blurb. https://rachelhopeallan.com/2016/04/17/teeth-and-cancer/

Allan, R.H (2016) TOKYO. CRASH. H. Three self published artists book exhibited at the Photo Book Fair, Wellington, March 10 -12, 2016.

Allan. R.H. (2016) You are not here. self published photo book, Blurb, 2016

Allan, R.H. (2016) Coke & popcorn. Solo show, Rippon Vineyard, Wanaka, New Zealand. 8 November - 1st December 2016

Allan, R.H. (2016) George Eastman. Self published photo book.

Allan, R.H. (2016) Coke and popcorn. 12 images in a group show, Ridiculous Sublime, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2nd July – 24th October, 2016,. Artist's Talk, 3 July, 2016.

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