About the project

RE:TRACE is a project celebrating the heritage of Auckland neighbourhoods through historical and contemporary photography.

The neighbourhoods we had involved for 2018 were Avondale, Northcote, Manukau, Takapuna, Onehunga, Panmure, and the Auckland Waterfront.

The locals to reflected and shared the heritage of their area through their own personal photo archives.

Selected images went on public display in each neighbourhood for the Heritage Festival. A contemporary photo essay of each neighbourhood was also exhibited alongside the historical images, showing the past and the present side by side.


Phase One - Call out for images

We visited the seven neighbourhoods and encouraged locals to get involved.

Phase Two - Call out for local artists

Monday 20 August - Sunday 2 September 2018:

We looked for one photographer for each neighbourhood to create a photo essay, their aim was to reflect on and celebrate the changes in the social, cultural and infrastructural identity of their neighbourhood. It was important that the artist had a connection to the neighbourhood.  

Phase Three - Heritage Festival & Artweek Auckland

Monday 1 to Sunday 14 October 2018:

We placed copies of the selected photographs, both past and present, on public display in each neighbourhood as part of the Auckland Heritage Festival and Artweek Auckland