Jono Rotman is a photographer from New-Zealand, whose forebears were among the first settlers of New-Zealand.
Jono works in New-Zealand and the United States; he is interested in edge states and points of transition, in the colonization phenomenon and the collision between civilization and nature. In the US, he is exploring the decline of an empire, when in New-Zealand he is studying incarcerations sites and gang activity.
Jono Rotman is known for his long-term project on the New-Zealand gang (essentially Maori) named "Mighty Mongrel Mob". This project has been exhibitied in Vevey, Switzerland in 2018 and is the subject of the photobook "Mongrelism" co-published by Images Vevey & Here Press (2018).
© Portrait & Texts excerpts taken from the Gow Langsford Gallery website
Presentation by Here Press: "The Mongrel Mob of Aotearoa New Zealand is notorious for extreme violence, and they have long been regarded as the nation's monsters. In layers of apparent contradictions, their icon is the British bulldog wearing a Nazi helmet, while their members are largely indigenous Maori. The Mongrel Mob's symbols arose as both a goading...