The Booth

Members Club


6 April – 15 June 2019


Elke Finkenauer

United Kingdom/Aotearoa New Zealand

Members Club borrows its title from the nearby Northern Club, an exclusive members club built on the site of the first section sold at Auckland’s inaugural controlled land sale in 1841. These clubs were socially and culturally exclusive – the Northern Club did not admit women until 1991. Members Club uses the upholstery style and material of a Chesterfield sofa, an item often seen inside these clubs, to consider forms of exclusion. The upholstered façade symbolises a door or blocked form of entry to a hidden space within.

Members Club is the first in a series of site-specific installations located in the space of the building’s original telephone booth.

The Booth is open for proposals in an annual call. Read more about the space here.

Gus Fisher Gallery
74 Shortland Street
Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland Central 1010

Tuesday – Friday:
10am – 5pm
10am – 4pm