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Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts

Ans Westra: Private Journeys/Public Signposts

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  • Wed 8 Jun ’16, 6:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Thu 9 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Fri 10 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 8:15pm
  • Sat 11 Jun ’16, 7:00pm – 8:15pm


Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $10.25
  • Concession: $8.20

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Ans Westra

This celebrated documentary by first-time director Luit Bieringa beautifully balances words, photography and moving image to richly illustrate the (then) 45-year career and lasting influence of Ans Westra, one of New Zealand’s most important and expressive photographers.

“While Westra is not afraid to appeal to sentiment, she never romanticises human life…for Westra, the public is the real subject, and the reason why they’re there is almost irrelevant…The photographer is an unobtrusive, observing presence.” – Andrew Paul Wood, BowerbankNinow

‘Private Journeys/Public Signposts’ flows between still and moving, past and present, self and outsider. Bieringa showcases Westra’s work within a piece of filmmaking that is important in its own right, a statement that firmly and resonantly recognises and honours the progressive role Westra’s work played in 60s counterculture and the cultural renaissance of Māori.

“Ans Westra has quietly, but persistently been creating an extraordinary record of this New Zealand's changing cultural life. She stands outside the mainstream, a visual person rather than a verbal one. Her images reinforce ideas rather than explain them, which leaves the viewer free to decide their own position. This documentary follows that process - a very particular kind of road movie. - Mary-Jane Duffy for nzonscreen.com, 2009

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