MOVE TOGETHER – SHANNON NOVAK
Sylvia Park has teamed up with artist and LGBTQI+ activist Shannon Novak to celebrate Auckland Pride.
Launched in 2021, Move Together is an ongoing collaboration between Kiwi Property and Shannon Novak that aims to acknowledge, support, and celebrate diversity and inclusion in shopping centres and office buildings. The project seeks to value and create safe space for people and the differences they bring, actively developing a world people can express themselves without fear.
ANZ Raranga Building
Shannon Novak lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand.
Shannon Novak’s work aims to reduce anxiety, depression, and suicide rates for the LGBTQI+ community worldwide. He seeks to dismantle heteronormative structures and systems and build spaces that acknowledge, celebrate, and support diversity and inclusion in sexual orientation, romantic orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics (SROGIESC+). This manifests as socially engaged and collaborative painting, photography, installation, sculpture, and curatorial practice that may extend beyond traditional exhibition spaces. The work explores light and dark in the past, present, and future, but ultimately seeks to grow hope for a better world where the LGBTQI+ community can live without fear. Central to Novak’s collaborative process is an attitude of respect and care. Key areas of focus in his work include LGBTQI+ activism, centering LGBTQI+ BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities, and illuminating, preserving, and sharing LGBTQI+ history.