and Rudolf Boelee present the exhibition:
'Snapping GE-free zones'
The Physics Room, Christchurch
The Press, 20 September 2001
Text: Anna Dunbar
Photographs: Ina Johann
Christchurch artists Robyne Voyce and Rudolf Boelee have special places that they want to remain GE-free, and have captured them on film. Picking up on the actions of anti-GE campaigner (and former Thompson Twin) Alannah Currie, the pair initially intended to take a few photographs of friends and neighbours and send them to Currie for a proposed Beehive exhibition Voyce says.
"However, the more we spoke to people, the more things snowballed and we realised a Christchurch exhibition to coincide with the Wellington was necessary. we are dismayed that although most New Zealanders are against GE, many feel that nothing can be done to stop it. We think that an art exhibition, unlike protest rallies, can attract from a different type of audience - one that falls outside the unfair stereotype of crusty hemp-wearing hippies".
Voyce and Boelee say they regard the exhibition more as a performance, an invite anyone to contribute before September 15. The photographic project and exhibition, 'TOMORROW', will be held for only one night in contemporary art project space the Physics Room. Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimmons will open the exhibition and speak about genetic engineering and the implications. Voyce and Boelee hope that after the exhibition the photographs will be presented to the Prime Minister Helen Clark.