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Jono Rotman

03 November 2018

Jono Rotman in British Journal of Photography The Portrait Issue

Jono Rotman in British Journal of Photography The Portrait Issue
Image courtesy of bjp-online

Photographer Jono Rotman has been featured in Issue #7876: The Portrait Issue of the British Journal of Photography for his Mongrel Mob images. "Though he is looking at the subculture as an outsider, Rotman eschews a traditional documentarian approach to his subject matter. In doing so, the project’s scope extends beyond the mob itself to touch upon issues related to New Zealand’s charged colonial past and self-professed biculturalism". See more here.

14 September 2018

Jono Rotman Included in Vevey Art Festival

Jono Rotman Included in Vevey Art Festival
Rotman's Greeko Notorious South Island RIP, MMVIII displayed in Vevey’s Grande Place

Selected works from Jono Rotman's controversial Mongrel Mob portrait series are now on display in the Swiss town of Vevey as part of their Art Festival. Featuring 61 bodies of work from 19 countries, each of the works explores the theme of Extravaganza - Out of the Ordinary and are on display until 30 September 2018. The Guardian has named Rotman's presentation as one of the six not to be missed - read more here.

11 June 2017

Jono Rotman wins Images Vevey Book Award

Jono Rotman wins Images Vevey Book Award
Installation of 2014 exhibition. Image credit: Tobias Kraus

New Zealand photographer and represented artist Jono Rotman has been awarded the prestigious Image Vevey Book Award for 2017/2018 for his Mongrel Mob photographic series. Rotman has dedicated over 10 years exploring this subject matter which will now cumulate in the creation of a book project aided by the Amis d'Images. The award of a EUR 9,000 grant to assist in this publication was a unanimous decision by the jury. The jury consisting of artist Christian Marclay, Simon Baker (Curator of photography and international art, Tate London), Lars Boering (Managing Director, World Press Photo Amsterdam), Darius Himes (Head of Photographs, Christie’s New York), and Luce Lebart (Director of the Canadian Photography Institute) commented:

"In his work Rotman demonstrates an unusual and highly sophisticated sensitivity to the ethical and practical concerns associated with a documentary project of this scope. The result is both visually compelling and textually rich. Comprised of portraits, archival material, and a comprehensive series of interviews to be designed as a kind of handbook for the self-defined “Mongrel Mob”, a balance of form and content will ultimately define the finished book."

Rotman was selected as the sole winner from 194 applications submitted from 34 countries. For further information on this award, visit the Images Vevey website here.

12 April 2017

Hawke's Bay Museums Trust Acquires Jono Rotman's Ōmarunui Series

Hawke's Bay Museums Trust Acquires Jono Rotman's Ōmarunui Series
Rotman, Ref: 1/2-181854-F, 2016. Carnell, Samuel, 1832-1920: Karaitiana Takamoana. Parsons, Patrick: Ngati Kahungunu portraits, 2016. Maori portrait negatives. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand, pigment inks on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Baryta 315gsm, 1520 x 1220mm

The Hawke's Bay Museums Trust has acquired Jono Rotman's Ōmarunui photographic series which references the battle that took place there on October 12, 1866. On this series and the events that occurred, Jono states; "Beyond my ancestral proximity, I feel the events in Ōmarunui are a microcosm of the wider tectonics of that period in the nation’s history and hold relevance to this day".

2 of the 6 works in this series were gifted by Gow Langsford and Jono Rotman to the Trust, alongside the 4 other purchased works. They will be on display at MTG Hawke's Bay later this year.

For more on this acquisitions, see here, or contact the gallery for further information.

01 October 2016

Jono Rotman Ōmarunui Exhibition at Parlour Projects

Jono Rotman Ōmarunui Exhibition at Parlour Projects
Jono Rotman, Ref: 1/1-001821-G, 2016. Seated portrait of Sir George Stoddart Whitmore. Schmidt, Herman John, 1872-1959: portrait and landscape negatives, Auckland district. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. 1520 x 1220mm, giclée Print, edition of 3

Gallery artist Jono Rotman presents a new solo exhibition titled Ōmarunui at Hawke's Bay's Parlour Projects gallery. Opening on Wednesday 5th October, Ōmarunui features six large scale photographs exploring the historical events that took place at Ōmarunui in October of 1866, marking the 150th anniversary of this battle.

The opening reception is on Wednesday 5th October from 5 - 6pm, and the exhibition closes on November 5th. For more on the exhibition see here, and for more on Rotman and his previous work, feel free to contact us, or visit his artist page.

28 March 2016

Mongrel Mob portraits show another side to gang

Mongrel Mob portraits show another side to gang
Jono Rotman, Toots King Country (profile), 2009

NewsHub takes a look at our current exhibition by Jono Rotman.

See an overview of the exhibition in their short film here.

19 March 2015

Jono Rotman at City Gallery, Wellington

Jono Rotman at City Gallery, Wellington
Jono Rotman Installation View

Following his exhibition at Gow Langsford last year, Jono Rotman's exhibition Mongrel Mob Portraits is now open at the City Gallery in Wellington and runs until the 14th of June 2015.

City Gallery's exhibition expands on the selection of works shown here, and includes unseen work from the original series. It also introduces new pieces which extend Rotman’s engagement with different types of portraiture through which he offers other perspectives on members of the country’s most notorious gang. See here for more details.