Te Uru, Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery. ‘Frankie Goes to Bollywood’ exhibition, Bepan Bhana. Image: Su Leslie, 2016
A series of diptychs featuring Bollywood film couples against the backdrop of some iconic west Auckland coastline line the walls of the Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery. These paintings by Bepan Bhana are both a fun, colourful juxtaposition of painting styles, and a serious commentary on the commercialisation of landscape. In a country like New Zealand where tourism is a significant source of revenue, the relationship between landscape as natural heritage and economic resource is a complex one.
Frankie Goes To Bollywood is showing at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Art Gallery until 15 May.