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Young Country

Young Country

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When:

  • Wed 1 Nov ’17, 10:00am – 7:00pm
  • Thu 2 Nov ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Fri 3 Nov ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sat 4 Nov ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sun 5 Nov ’17, 10:00am – 4:00pm
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Where:

Ashburton Art Gallery and Heritage Centre, 327 West St, Ashburton

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

The Ashburton Art Gallery is thrilled to bring Young Country to a Mid-Canterbury audience. This a fresh and engaging exhibition which brings together nineteenth-century photography and contemporary poetry offers a new and often surprising view of New Zealand’s past.

The photographic images are the work of William Williams, a Railway 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. The photographs’ rich detail, striking composition and absorbing content come as a revelation to many viewers. This is work that encourages and rewards getting up close, looking and re-looking.

Kerry Hines has researched Williams’s work and context and written poems to accompany a selection of his photographs. The poems – presented here in audio-visual and print form – draw on the photographs and their potential meanings as well as incorporating fictional elements, creating a work that is multi-faceted, speculative and immersive.

Uniquely, the exhibition presents the images in the form of contemporary albumen prints made specifically for the show by New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar.

Williams’s principal archive, held by the Alexander Turnbull Library, consists mainly of negatives. Uniquely, the exhibition presents the images in the form of contemporary albumen prints made specifically for the show by New Zealand photographer Wayne Barrar.

Young Country will open at the Ashburton Art Gallery on Sunday 10th September at 2pm. Both Kerry Hines along with photographer Wayne Barrar will attend the opening and will discuss the exhibition and the process involved in making the work. All are welcome to attend.

The exhibition’s development was supported by Mahara Gallery, and it is toured by Exhibition Services Ltd.

Image credits: William Williams, Maori Head, Napier Harbour late 1880s. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington. Ref. no.: 1/1-025820-G

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