Reflections on Lily Pond
Projectspace, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, New Zealand
In association with the Auckland Festival of Photography
11 June – 21 June 2014

Reflections on Lily Pond presents a curated selection of reprinted photographs from Emil McAvoy’s mother Susan Sayer’s personal archive. Upon receiving her PhD Susan playfully referred to herself as ‘Dr Lily Pond’. Susan was diagnosed with early onset dementia in 2010. People with dementia are often given increased exposure to family photographs to aid their declining memory. McAvoy’s portrait of Susan explores the entanglement of fact and fiction in the mind, in a meditation on photography and forgetting.