Wake, site of the Wahine sinking, Seatoun, Wellington

Shelton, Ann
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Ann Shelton is recognised as one of Aotearoa New Zealands leading photographic artists. Her imagery excels as both conceptual and documentary. What is unseen is often as important as what is. Photography tends to be prioritised as authentic, yet Shelton seeks to disrupt this intent, emphasising photography’s inherent properties of being repeatable, fractured or incomplete views. Shelton uses this ‘visual stammering’ and inversion of repeating an image to create a sense of unease or uncertainty about the ‘truth’.

This piece is part of a series of works that address the issues of trauma, anxiety, violence and failure. This diptych shows the site of the Wahine disaster in Wellington Harbour, where over 50 people lost their lives when the Wahine ferry crashed onto Barret Reef on April 10 1968.

Ann Shelton (born 1967, Timaru) began her career as a photo journalist and later received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She has exhibited extensively throughout New Zealand and internationally, and her works are held in collections throughout New Zealand and in the US. Shelton was Associate Professor in Photography at Whiti o Rehua, School of Art, Massey University, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa until 2019, when she took up an Honorary Research Fellowship in Photography there. Shelton lives and works in Wellington.
photograph diptych, c-type
Framed : 750 x 930 x 44 mm each (diptych)
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