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Artist Talk: Fiona Pardington

Fiona Pardington has been photographing taonga (treasures in Māori) for over a decade. She searches for forgotten museum objects that were once cherished — such as hei tiki (neck ornaments) or taxidermied extinct animals — and deliberately re-presents them as portraits imbued with a sense of their past value. During the opening weekend of the ‘Unnerved: The New Zealand Project’ she discussed the complex interplay of culture, science and history in her practice, and questions about the ethics of museum acquisition, classification and display that provides a framework for considering her ‘Ahua: A beautiful hesitation’ series included in the ‘21st Century: Art in the First Decade’ exhibition.

Categories: Artist, Documentation, Interviews

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