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Photography Gallery

Present history
New Zealand photographs 1960s to the present

 

 

Dates + times

28 June – 15 December 2013
Open 10.00 am – 5.00 pm every day

 

Tickets

FREE

Related events

SYMPOSIUM

Contacts

  • General information +61 2 6240 6411
  • Visitors requiring mobility assistance
    +61 2 6240 6411
  • email contact

Previous displays

Image detail above: Hans Neleman Power of the Trinity 1998 colour photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra Gift of Hans Neleman 2013

Gallery 1 | Gallery 2

New Zealand has a complex history: rich with tradition and culture, though at times turbulent and bloody. Over recent decades, photographers have reflected on the meaning and ramifications of nationhood, often grounding their investigations in personal and wider histories.

The photographers in this display engage with the past in a number of ways. Noble and Peryer look back to earlier artists for inspiration. Semu, Barrar and Adams re-stage or re-interpret this earlier imagery in exciting and unexpected ways. The world that Reihana looks back to is a mythical one, but one she seeks to make real in the here and now. Through a meticulous documentation of their own times, Aberhart and Westra have made work that we now see as valuable witnesses to peoples changed or places long gone.

Work that engages with the past without contemporary relevance is itself irrelevant. Acknowledging this, these photographers make nuanced works in which they seek to inspire new understandings of identity and belonging.

 

Hans Neleman Power of the Trinity 1998 colour photograph National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Hans Neleman 2013