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Kerry Hines: Young Country

Kerry Hines: Young Country

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  • Wed 2 Sep ’15, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Thu 3 Sep ’15, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Fri 4 Sep ’15, 10:30am – 4:30pm
  • Sat 5 Sep ’15, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Sun 6 Sep ’15, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
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Millennium Public Art Gallery, Corner of Seymour and Alfred Streets, Blenheim


All Ages

Young Country is a fresh and engaging exhibition that brings together nineteenth-century photography and contemporary poetry to offer a new and often surprising view of New Zealand’s past.

The images are the work of William Williams, a Railways employee who worked and photographed widely through the country. His outstanding photographs reflect the rawness of New Zealand’s changing landscape as well as its beauty, and offer intriguing and unusual portraits of family and friends at work, home and play. Their rich detail, striking composition and absorbing content come as a revelation to many viewers. This is work that encourages contemplation, and rewards getting up close, looking and re-looking.

Kerry Hines has researched Williams’ work and context and written poems to accompany a selection of his photographs. Some are presented here as text accompanying photographs on the wall, while others can be heard while viewing images in the DVD work that forms part of the exhibition. The poems are colloquial, vivid and accessible, and include imagined elements as well as drawing on the subjects and contexts of the photographs. Together, poems and photographs combine to create a work that is multi-faceted, immersive, and speculative, inviting reflection on how we envision our history.

Uniquely, the exhibition features albumen prints made from Williams’ negatives by contemporary photographer Wayne Barrar.

Developed with support from Mahara Gallery and toured by Exhibition Services Ltd.
Image: William Williams, Maori Head, Napier Harbour late 1880s. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Ref. no.: 1/1-025820-G.

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