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Ans Westra: Maori

Ans Westra: Maori

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  • Tue 1 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 2 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 5 May ’12, 11:00am – 5:00pm
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Suite Westra Gallery, 108 Oriental Parade, Oriental Bay, Wellington


All Ages

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  • Free Admission


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Ans Westra

{Suite} Westra Gallery

{Suite} is pleased to announce the opening of its Westra Gallery on the 21st March 2012, dedicated to Ans Westra (CNZM). It is the first exhibition space to be devoted to an Arts Foundation of New Zealand Icon Artist - a status that acknowledges the significance and legacy of the artist’s work.

Born 1937 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Westra immigrated to New Zealand in 1957 and soon after began her career as a full-time freelance documentary photographer. She is responsible for the most comprehensive documentation of Māori culture over 50 years of significant social and political change, and has produced some of the most important images in New Zealand photographic history.

Ans Westra became a household name in New Zealand after providing the text and images for Washday at the Pa (1964), a school journal made for eight-year-olds. The book followed a day in the life of a rural Māori family awaiting relocation to a state house in the city and was controversially withdrawn from circulation following protests by the Māori Women Welfare League.

The first exhibition features prints of images made for Maori (1967). Subsequent exhibitions will include, amongst others, prints from Westra’s first book Viliami of the Friendly Islands (1963) and images taken around the James K. Baxter commune in Jerusalem and while on tour with Wellington band Fat Freddy’s Drop. Westra’s publications, including Notes On The Country I Live In (1972), Wellington City Alive (1976), Whaiora (1986) and the updated edition of Washday at the Pa (2011), will be available for purchase alongside the exhibition prints.

A limited edition digital print of the cover image from Washday at the Pa will be released following the opening of the Westra Gallery to celebrate this artist’s unique contribution to New Zealand.

{Suite} Westra Gallery
108 Oriental Parade, Wellington
04 976 7663
Tuesday - Saturday
11am - 5pm

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