The topic of Internationalism with regards to NZ photography, comes up for comment every so often. Below are notes compiled by Paul McNamara (McNamara Gallery Photography, Whanganui), as part of his 2011 presention at Art Lounge, Auckland Art Gallery highlighting aspects of Internationalism – the off-shore exhibition and collection of NZ photography. Our thanks to Paul for allowing us to share this information.
The Exhibition & Collection of NZ Photography Nationally & Internationally
Auckland Festival of Photography
Art Lounge Sessions
Sunday 5 June 2011 • 1pm
NZ PHOTOGRAPHERS EXHIBITING INTERNATIONALLY
COLLECTIONS HOLDING THEIR WORK
Looking at the experiences of 19 artists, 8 of whom have off-shore dealer representation and 14 have work in off-shore public collections in: Australia, New Caledonia, Taiwan, Macau, USA, UK, Holland, France & Spain
The selection ‘mechanisms’ involved in these exhibitions are no doubt many and varied, but one anticipates the work is subjected to robust critical debate; that it participates in the international discourse.
It appears that artists who work in tertiary institutions [artist as academic/teacher] are particularly well placed to exhibit internationally as their institutions liaise with off-shore curators and galleries [- including university galleries].
This factor may give some bias with regard to the type of work shown internationally [e.g. research –/project-based work]. As apposed to social documentary, street photography, architectural, staged etc.
However non-teaching artists Aberhart , Adams , Cauchi , Peryer  have also exhibited at university galleries.
I suspect most of these off-shore exhibitions are curated from outside NZ.
Australian photography Centres have exhibited: Aberhart, Adams, Crowley, Henderson, Noble , Robertson, Shelton and Tocher.
As you will appreciate from the detail below, off-shore galleries acquire NZ work.
However, one suspects the reverse applies infrequently, namely the acquisition of international work by NZ public collections, apart from the Chartwell Trust. [A private trust collecting a diverse range of contemporary New Zealand and Australian art – Tracey Moffatt, Patricia Piccinini, Bill Henson]
Read more here: Paul McNamara LECTURE – Internationalism AFP 2011 (pdf)
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