Janet Hafoka is a visual artist based in Auckland, New Zealand who works primarily in the medium of photography. Drawing on recollections and objects from the past as a resource, she uses her camera to explore the nature of memory and its fallibility.
She is intrigued by how deeply our past experiences can influence both the present and future, in how we interpret and re-frame our experiences to others. Of particular interest is how imagined narratives containing embellishments and omissions can become part of the storytelling process.
In her latest body of work ‘Ephemeral’, she explores the centuries-long fascination with the ‘golden hour’, the brief period shortly after sunrise or before sunset when the sun casts a golden light. Artists have long been inspired by this light, often depicting this transient time when it otherwise would have passed. In exploring the notion of nostalgia, she questions the nature of our experiences, whether they are truly as we remember, or seen through a lens of our choosing.
Janet is a graduate of the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Visual Arts.