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Sat 10 Apr 2010, 11:00am–4:00pm
Wed 14 Apr 2010, 11:00am–4:00pm
Thu 15 Apr 2010, 11:00am–4:00pm
Fri 16 Apr 2010, 11:00am–4:00pm
Sat 17 Apr 2010, 11:00am–4:00pm

Where: Photospace, Level 1, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: MCH Admin

VII is a group exhibition resulting from Photocourse 3 – Theme & Resolution which ran at Photospace Gallery in late 2009.

VII features photographic projects by Jenny Dey, Craig Phillips, Mark Berger, Katja Struder, Jenny O’Connor, Noel Hall and James Gilberd.

The purpose of the course was to use the medium of photography to explore an area of personal concern and generate a visual resolution. Tutor James Gilberd (who also included himself as a participant in the course) directed the group of experienced photographers, and each person made a valuable contribution. The role of group discussion and feedback was central to the development of each individual project.

The projects range from personal concerns, such as Katja Struder’s series Perplexions which uses directed studio portrait-type photographs to address identity and self-perception issues, through to Jenny Dey’s traditional black & white photo-documentary of a mentor project run by the Boys and Girls Institute. She focuses on the relationship between the mentor and mentee, capturing emotional and significant moments that chart personal development. In a similar vein, Mark Berger’s poetic documentary photographs look at what it’s like to commute on a bicycle, highlighting confrontational issues that were raised by media coverage late last year and combining it with a more impressionistic view.

Jenny O’Connor, who has shown at Photospace before and is currently the president of the Wellington Photographic Society, is showing a set of studio portraits of middle aged or older women. The focus is on strength of personality but a large degree of fantasy or frivolity is added to the mix.

Craig Phillips has successfully negotiated the difficult theme of apathy in society, integrating approaches from several directions; the symbolic, the documentary, and self-portraiture. Noel Hall has created an environmental portrait series of businesses and their owners in Silverstream Village, where he lives. His selection for this group show is representative and the full series will be exhibited in a locale closer to the community in future.

James Gilberd’s series of still life photographs of minor sporting trophies was shot on now-extinct Polaroid black and white film, and the displayed prints are unique. The trophies were collected from charity shops and are from 20 to 50 years old. The perception New Zealanders have of belonging to a sporting nation is one of the themes explored, as is the sense of the minor—Most Improved Player … 1971, complete with dust, scratches and tarnishing—verses the major.

The opening is on Friday 26th March, 5pm to 7pm. The exhibition runs until 17th April.

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