a ride in the darkness / wastelands

Accompanied by the publication Wastelands. “The photographs in this ongoing series take the notion of wastelands as a jumping off point to discuss European land occupation in early Aotearoa, New Zealand. Settlers and in other instances soldiers returning from The First World War were offered parcels of hinter-land for purchase, some of these were extremely isolated, unproductive and in some cases downright deadly. They held in their promise for a future the inherent possibility of failure. “a ride in the darkness” looks at the social context of this particular use of land and takes this contested ground as a jumping of point for a discussion of these narratives in context. Towns like Arawhata, Mangapurua and Martins Bay are extreme examples of this attempt to tame lands that are isolated and extremely difficult to access…”

Artist’s statement

Chemistry, White Island, former sulphur mine, 
New Zealand, 2008. Diptych, C-type or colour pigment photographs 720 x 900 and 1214 x 1520 mm each.
Settlement, Jackson’s Bay, New Zealand, 2007. Diptych, C type prints, 720 x 900 and 1214 x 1520 mm each.
Landschaft The Bridge to Nowhere, Mangapurua Valley, Wanganui, 2007 Diptych, C-type prints, 720 x 900 and 1214 x 1520 mm each.
Ballot, Bridge to Somewhere, Whangamomona Road, Aotuhia, East Taranaki, New Zealand, 2007. Diptych, C type prints, 720 x 900 and 1214 x 1520 mm each.
Payload, Gees Flat, former gold mine, Kawarau Gorge, Otago, New Zealand, 2007. Diptych, C type prints, 720 x 900 and 1214 x 1520 mm each.
Installation view, McNamara Gallery.
Installation view, McNamara Gallery.
Installation view, McNamara Gallery.
Installation view, McNamara Gallery.