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Amplify the voices of 11 inspiring Kiwis through audiovisual exhibition – Voices of Hope

In collaboration with internationally-renowned director and photographer Tom Gould, Voices Of Hope are proud to announce the opening of an innovative and insightful audio-visual exhibition – Behind the Smile.

A striking photo and audio series, Behind the Smile profiles 11 everyday kiwis who have faced staggering mental health challenges throughout their lives.

Transcending a traditional visual exhibition experience, this showcase is interactive and engaging. Guests are able to put on a headset and listen to each individual share stories about the challenges they’ve had to navigate, while admiring the striking and contrasted profile imagery that adorns the studio walls.

The exhibition is a call for all kiwis to be more curious, empathetic, and in touch with our humanity – everyone has struggles you can’t see Behind the Smile.

This follows the momentum of a hugely successful campaign in 2022, titled Behind the Jersey, that saw Voices Of Hope highlight the immense struggles sportspeople across Aotearoa face behind closed doors.

Following an overwhelming public response to Behind the Jersey, it was evident that people from all backgrounds across Aotearoa and beyond often struggle in silence. Voices Of Hope co-founder Genevieve Mora is proud to extend the spotlight to a diverse range of individuals through Behind the Smile.

“We are on a mission to inform, empower, and spread hope to those struggling with mental health, by amplifying inspiring voices of lived experience. For this campaign, it was really important to us to share the stories of everyday kiwis, in the hope that audiences will be able to resonate, reflect, and leave the space feeling hopeful and inspired.”

This passion project has been over a year in the making, with Gould travelling across Aotearoa visiting the ‘happy place’ of each person in an effort to capture their essence in its truest form.

Voices Of Hope invites Aucklanders to head to Allpress Studio to experience this creative work, and be both inspired and comforted by the bravery and vulnerability of each individual.

Open to the public at no cost from Friday 16 February – Friday 8 March at Allpress Studio, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, Tāmaki Makaurau.

Weekday Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, 7am – 2pm

Wednesdays, Thursdays, 7am – 5:00pm

Weekend Extended Hours

Saturday 17th February, 10am – 3pm

Sunday 18th February, 10am – 3pm

Saturday 2nd March, 10am – 3pm

Special thanks to our friends at Allpress Studio, oOh!media, Sunshine Brewery, Alba, Floridays, The Black and White

Box, and more.

 

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