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Tue 6 Mar 2007–Sat 31 Mar 2007

Where: Bath Street Gallery, Auckland Central

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  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Amy Saunders

New Zealand photography in Rome, Pingyao and Auckland

Auckland Festival, AK 07

Wonder-land, the show, was conceived following an invitation to photographer Harvey Benge to curate an exhibition of contemporary New Zealand photography for the Festival Internazionale di Roma's 2006 festival. The Italians were fascinated by New Zealand and the fact that it was a young country, distant and isolated physically and psychologically from Europe and were intrigued to discover whether that made it immune to the conflict and political or social upheaval currently challenging Europe. Heather Galbraith, Senior Curator at City Gallery, Wellington argues that in New Zealand "the pace of development has been swifter leaving fresher wounds, troubles closer to the surface".

The work in this show is from nine contemporary New Zealand photographers. Issues such as the land, history, identity, location and a sense of place are major preoccupations; often informed by a view that questions New Zealand's position in a world which is fast becoming more and more homogeneous.
Subsequent to the Rome exhibition in April 2006, Wonder-land travelled to China where it was shown in September 2006 at the Pingyao International Photography Festival.

The Artists

Mark Adams
Tattoo, in Auckland the biggest Polynesian city in the world.

Harvey Benge
"Small Anarchies", cultural elements that reflect the New Zealand "condition"

Ingrid Boberg
Home Beautiful series. Is this the New Zealand living room?

Bruce Connew
Muttonbirds, traditional Maori food collecting

Marti Friedlander
Ikonic New Zealand images from the 70's

Dieneke Jansen
Location - the New Zealand backyard

Allan McDonald
House Moving series, relocations and demolition of New Zealand houses

Haru Sameshima
Eco-Tourism, New Zealand tourist destinations, a history of place

Ann Shelton
Scrapbooks from New Zealand, the F.B.Butler library

Restaurants to book near Wonder-land