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Shipbreak - A Biology of Steel by Claudio Cambon

Shipbreak - A Biology of Steel by Claudio Cambon

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  • Fri 27 Jan ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 28 Jan ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 29 Jan ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 30 Jan ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 31 Jan ’12, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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New Zealand Maritime Museum, Corner Quay & Hobson Streets, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • Free for Aucklanders: $0.00
  • Adult: $17.00
  • Seniors: $14.00
  • Student: $14.00
  • Children: $8.50
  • Family pass: $34.00

A stunning photography exhibition by Claudio Cambon.

When the American-flag oil tanker SS Minole beached in the breaking yards of Chittagong, Bangladesh, in January 1998, it signalled the end of long, productive life wandering the oceans for its American sailors. But for the Bangladeshi shipbreakers, who over the course of the next five months dismantled the vessel, more or less by hand, it signified instead a point of commencement. The remains of this ship provided many materials necessary to their country’s struggle to create a modern existence for itself.

The photographs in this exhibition give a record of the transformation of this process and they ultimately serve as a meditation on how life possesses us more than we do it, and how it mysteriously changes shape from one beautiful form to another.

Claudio Cambon has been a documentary photographer for more than 20 years, and has photographed all over the world including in Italy and Germany, the American West, Mexico and Bangladesh, where he documented this exhibition. Claudio has exhibited, lectured and been published and collected internationally: this summer his work forms part of the Italy Pavilion at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

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