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Laurence Aberhart: ANZAC exhibition

An exhibition of Laurence Aberhart's photographs of First World War memorials in New Zealand and Australia, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 12 April 2014-31 August 2014.

Photograph by Laurence Aberhart.

Laurence Aberhart has been photographing First World War memorials for over three decades in New Zealand and Australia.
This exhibition, timed to coincide with the centenary of the ANZAC alliance and the associated conflicts, is the most comprehensive photographic showcase of this body of work. The exhibition will also mark the conclusion of this chapter in Aberhart’s oeuvre and will provide a unique insight into the memorialisation of war.
Focusing on memorials that have single figures/soldiers as a key part of their display mechanism, Aberhart’s long-term project is timely and significant; it charts the topography of this material meticulously, reveals the slow decline and alteration of these structures over time, and the specific environments (man-made, rural, suburban) that have built up around these sites.
In preparation for the exhibition, Aberhart made a concerted effort to finish off this series of photographs, travelling to the far reaches of New Zealand and Australia, to sleuth out and document the final components of the portfolio. Like all of his works, these photographs have been shot with an old-fashioned view camera using long exposures and available light, and the series will be printed by the artist (except the 5 mural prints) using the archaic platinum process.
The exhibition launched at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery on 12 April 2014, with an associated publication in 2014 - and is available as a touring package after closing on 31 August 2014 through until 2018.

About Laurence Aberhart
Born in Nelson in 1949, Laurence Aberhart is widely regarded as one of New Zealand’s greatest and most technically proficient photographers. Based in Russell, at the northern tip of New Zealand, for the last thirty years, he has produced a virtuosic body of work which is unrivalled in its intensity, richness and layers of cultural and photographic history.
His work has been exhibited widely in solo exhibitions throughout New Zealand, as well as in Australia and Hong Kong. In 2002, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam exhibited an important selection of his work alongside Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith; and in 2007-2009 the major survey show Aberhart toured the City Gallery Wellington, Dunedin Public Art Gallery and Christchurch Art Gallery. Aberhart’s work is found in all major New Zealand public collections, and collections throughout Australia, the United States and Europe.

Dunedin Public Art Gallery is the organising venue and touring agency for this exhibition.
For further information please contact:
Robyn Notman, Public Programmes Manager: [email protected]
Aaron Kreisler, Curator: [email protected]

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Date added: 21 May 2013 | Last updated: 24 April 2015