Archived: Ann Shelton: Dark Matter

At Auckland Art Gallery

Ann Shelton: Dark Matter is the first major review of the New Zealand photographer’s 20 years of practice.

The exhibition will present a significant selection of past work, including previously unseen photographs from the 1990s, and a new series, jane says (2015-16), which looks at histories that connect plants and female stories relating to fertility and reproduction.

Also featured are early bodies of work that brought Shelton to attention as an artist using photography which recorded her social scene in Auckland in the early 1990s as well as works that show Shelton’s transition from photographing others to photographing place.

Other bodies of work, Library to Scale (2006) and room room (2008) illustrate the role of photography in the archiving and surveillance of social and personal life.

Shelton offers new ways to look at histories that have been, and continue to be, manipulated and contrived in various ways.

See this exhibition at Auckland Art Gallery until 17 April 2017. 

Image Credits (L & R): 
Ann Shelton, The Courtesan, Poroporo (Solanum sp.). From the series jane says. Pigment Print, 1119 x 840mm. 2015-16 -®ann shelton​
9. Ann Shelton, The Comfort woman, Stock (Matthiola sp.) From the series jane says. Pigment Print, 1119 x 840mm. 2015-16 -®annshelton​

Contact details

Auckland Art Gallery
Corner Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
26 November 2016 - 17 April 2017