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Young Country

Young Country

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  • Wed 23 Nov ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 24 Nov ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 25 Nov ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 26 Nov ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 27 Nov ’16, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Waikato Museum, 1 Grantham St, Hamilton


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


Waikato Museum

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

Exhibition talk: 9th October, 11am - 12pm:
Poet and researcher Kerry Hines gives an illustrated talk on the background to the Young Country exhibition, including an introduction to William Williams’s nineteenth-century photographs and her poems responding to his images. Kerry will also be available for questions and discussion, and to sign copies of her book Young Country.

The images are by 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 will be the revelation to many viewers. This is work that encourages contemplation, and rewards getting up close, looking and re-looking.

Kerry Hines has written poems to accompany the photographs. 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.

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