Is a New Zealand based artist. Working within the discipline of Photography, Cunningham describes his practice as ‘Urban Archaeology’. Sifting through the urban and the rural landscapes, images of the desolate, the abandoned and the neglected are captured. We are drawn into the beauty of the image itself, seduced by the charm of the considered, composed and constructed image.
Cunningham questions the validity of the aesthetic of beauty itself, encouraging us to look past the remains that we are faced with and find a certain thrill in ruins. However he also challenges us to question why these specific buildings and places are left to rot. What and rationale or ideology lies behind the reasoning to let such a place fall into ruin. The seductive charm of late capitalism itself is bought in for some thorough interrogation.
Cunningham presented his solo exhibitions titled ‘Bricks and Mortality’ in 2012 and ‘Stilled Life.’ in 2013