But Ang says as soon as he heard about Ranjna’s story from a friend, he knew he wanted her to be involved in the project.
“Ranjna and her husband started a GP practice in the '70s when they were told that New Zealand wasn’t ready for a specialist with an accent, and that they should work somewhere where people look and sound like them,” he says.
“From that, they now have over 50 clinics, and 260,000 registered patients. It’s a fantastic example of overcoming the odds to make a massive difference.”
For Ranjna's shape, Ang says he was inspired by Indian symbolism as well as the logos that reflect Ranjna's work.
“We’ve got the lotus on the outside, which is found in mandalas and Indian symbology everywhere, and also in the logo of her family harm programme Gandhi Nivas. Then I’ve taken the Tāmaki Health logo and placed it inside the lotus petals."
Despite the high-profile faces featured in Symbolically Kiwi, the photoshoot was not a glamorous affair. In fact, Ranjna says that Ang asked her to arrive looking as plain and simple as possible.
“His mandate was all black, no jewellery, very little makeup and no smile. He said ‘I want you to look like you’re just Joe Bloggs’. That was his concept. He wanted kids coming through to see that you can look like this and still achieve.”
Symbolically Kiwi runs from 9am-9pm daily at Silo Park until Sunday 27 September. Entry is free.