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Don't Quite Belong


Fri 14 Aug 2015, 10:00am–5:30pm
Sat 15 Aug 2015, 10:00am–4:00pm
Tue 18 Aug 2015, 10:00am–5:30pm
Wed 19 Aug 2015, 10:00am–5:30pm
Thu 20 Aug 2015, 10:00am–12:00pm

Where: Mint Gallery, 32 Moray Place, Dunedin, Otago

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Eskdale Gallery

Dunedin-based photographer Samantha Matthews presents her solo exhibition 'Don't Quite Belong'.

This collection of stark works captures moments from contemporary New Zealand. Although empty of people, these places are anything but desolate. They are well-used, worn; in some cases run down and dilapidated. The traces of the people remain. With this approach, Samantha has documented fragments of history, not of glorious achievements, but of communities and ordinary events - church weddings, club meetings, everyday work activities. Some of the locations have now been demolished, built over and forgotten. This series of photographs therefore serves to preserve important ethnographic history for ordinary people - just look at the image above, can you imagine all the comings and goings?

Samantha Matthews' technical skills with the camera would be enviable to a photographer many years her senior. She holds a Master of Art and Design degree with honours from AUT University, Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art from the Dunedin School of Art and a Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging from UCOL. She won numerous awards from the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography Iris Awards and was selected as a finalist for the 2014 National Contemporary Art Award.

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