'Falling Shadows' - Airini Beautrais, Christine McFetridge, Virginia Woods-Jack - 6 March-25 April 2020 at Photospace Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
23rd March: Now that New Zealand has gone to Alert level 3 against Covid-19, Photospace Gallery is closed for an indefinite period. All future programmed exhibitions have been put on hold for rescheduling.
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Airini Beautrais, Christine McFetridge and Virginia Woods-Jack
Falling Shadows brings together photography and poetry that responds to a collective interest in belonging, familial identity and memory. And in recording those closest to them, the artists explore how personal narratives can overlap.
McFetridge’s photographs aim to rediscover her late-grandfather, Colin Coutts, through his garden and by borrowing from a series of images taken by him. Woods-Jack considers the complexities of growing up through the perspectives of her children with pictures from Even while you watch I am fleeting and a selection from her archive of work made as a teenager.
Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark, writes Rebecca Solnit, That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go. Everything is temporary here; and, though still, these quiet works are symbols of passing time.
A limited-edition photobook published by Bad News Books will be available, featuring poetry by Airini Beautrais.
Essay on 'Falling Shadows: Caroline McQuarrie for PhotoForum NZ, 9th April 2020
Airini Beautrais is a writer and teacher based in Whanganui. She writes poetry, short fiction, essays and criticism. Her work has appeared in a range of journals and anthologies in NZ and elsewhere. Her first book Secret Heart was named Best First Book of Poetry in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards 2007; it was followed by Western Line (2001), Dear Neil Roberts (2013) and Flow: Whanganui River Poems (2017).
Christine McFetridge is a photographer and writer represented by M.33, Melbourne. Influenced by Roland Barthes' evocation of a winter garden in Camera Lucida, the ideas of seeking out familiarity after a traumatic event and tensions between absence and presence are ongoing areas of research and interest in her work, particularly following her experience of the Ōtautahi/Christchurch earthquakes. Solo exhibitions include Citizens of the Park, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Naarm/Melbourne (2018) and The Winter Garden, Trocadero Art Space, Naarm/Melbourne (2017) and In Situ Photo Project, Ōtautahi/Christchurch (2017). In 2018, The Winter Garden was published as a limited edition photobook by M.33 and Bad News Books with support from Creative New Zealand. She is currently an MFA by Research candidate at RMIT University and a founding member of Women in Photography NZ & AU.
Virginia Woods-Jack studied photography at the University of Creative Arts, England (1995-1998) and holds a Masters of Fine Art with distinction from CoCA at Massey University (2009).
British born, Woods-Jack has lived in Wellington for the last 16 years creating bodies of work where notions of time, place, memory and personal experience and how we experience the photographic image are recurring themes. She’s been commissioned to produce images for international publications including Harpers NY and TIME magazine and has exhibited at The City Gallery, The NZ Portrait Gallery, The Engine Room, Enjoy Gallery, The Month of Photography Los Angeles, Rencontre Arles and The Auckland Festival of Photography amongst others. She has also been a finalist in the NZ Contemporary Art Award.
Woods-Jack is an avid fan of the photobook and has self-published 4 handmade books to date with 2 more publications being released in 2020.
She is also the founder of Women in Photography NZ and AU.
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