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Have you seen a UFO?

Ronnie van Hout, Found UFO image, 2015, archival inkjet print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta, 45 x 60 cm. Courtesy of Bus Projects, Melbourne. Ronnie van Hout is represented by Darren Knight, Sydney; STATION, Melbourne; and Ivan Anthony, Auckland

Do you have photographs of an encounter with a UFO, or as now broadly referred to, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)? This might be something in the sky that you witnessed but couldn’t fathom or understand. If you have an image of this sighting, we want to hear from you. 

We are doing research toward a future project about photographic documentation and records of UAP. Photographic and filmed documentation has long been relied upon to support, or rigorously interrogated to discredit, sightings of encounters with unexplainable airborne phenomena. This research and potential project seek to bring into focus an accumulation of representations of otherworldly or otherwise intangible depictions of UAP events.  

Led by Artistic Director Mark Feary, this project stems from a position of deep curiosity and lived experience: ‘In Lyttelton, a port town on the South Island of Aotearoa, in the late 1990s, I experienced a phenomenon in the night sky that I could not understand or place in relation to anything I knew then, or know now. It appeared like a bright star at first. After a time, I realised it was not a shooting star.  After more time, that it was not a satellite, nor a plane, not a bird catching the light of the port; indeed, like nothing I had seen before. Moving increasingly erratically across the night sky, it eventually paused, before moving above my head in a straight line at incredible speed. Visible in entirety for some twenty seconds or more, but never appearing brighter than a prominent star, it never made a sound. It changed everything for me in that moment, and remains an omnipresent source of awe.’

If you or someone you know have imagery of such an encounter that you would like to contribute to this research, please send an email, images and contextual information to ufo@gertrude.org.au

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