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Fade By Kathrin Simon


Fri 17 Mar 2017, 12:00pm–12:00am
Sun 2 Apr 2017, 12:00pm–12:00am

Where: Whangarei Art Museum, Town Basin, Dent Street, Whangarei

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: whangareiartmuseum

Whangarei Art Museum – Te Manawa Toi is pleased to present Fade works by Kathrin Simon in our Community Gallery.

Dotted across the Northland countryside on roadsides, hilltops and marae sit dozens of tiny, wooden churches. Centuries of religious tradition and Maori culture were incorporated into these places of worship built following the arrival in the Hokianga of European Christian missionaries or later appropriated to accommodate followers of Ratana.

In many instances, the settlements they were built to serve have ebbed away, leaving these buildings as the only reminder of ages past and the whanau - Maori and Pakeha, lay and religious - who gathered in them to celebrate life, death, triumph or sorrow.

Fade invites viewers to step into these churches and to explore their sense of fade, both physical and temporal. In many ways, these qualities act to increase their sense of the spiritual.

Photography is a medium that also relies on fade and shadow for its power and this exhibition would like to show the churches as images that have been developing slowly over the last 150 years, their losses incorporated into their sense of space and into their conversations with whatever lies beyond. The exhibition aims to show the churches as they are now, their histories known, their futures unknown.

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