Fragments of a World

20 January — 20 February 2016

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Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Popular Productions, the story of, 1973, 8mm film transferred to digital video, 6 min 23 sec

Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear VI: Violence, Destruction of Evidence (Bermondsey, London), 1976, 8 framed colour photographs, two parts, 1355 x 4250 mm each

Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear V11: Pain-Solace (Hoxton, London), 1975, 16 colour photographs, framed, 513 x 760 mm

Janet Bayly, Lace Dress 2, 1979/2002, five colour Lambda prints from SX-70 Polaroids, 500 x 500 mm each

Janet Bayly, Self Portrait (Mirror) 2 Self Portrait (Mirror) 3 Self Portrait (Mirror) 4, 1983, three unique Polacolour prints, 254 x 203 mm each

Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Jane Campion, A Girl’s Own Story, 1984, digital transfer of 16mm film, 27 min

Joanna Margaret Paul, Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Joanna Margaret Paul, Untitled (Barry’s Bay), 1976/2013, archival print from original colour negative, 175 x 260 mm

Joanna Margaret Paul, Untitled (Barry’s Bay), 1976/2013, archival print from original colour negative, 175 x 260 mm

Joanna Margaret Paul, Task, 1982, 8mm film transferred to digitial video, 3 min 11 sec

Minerva Betts, Chair, circa 1980, silver bromide print, framed, 350 x 365 mm

Minerva Betts, Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Minerva Betts, Untitled, 1980–2015, silver bromide contact prints with oil pastel, table,perspex, dimensions variable

Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Rhondda Bosworth, still life / Bobbie, 1986, silver gelatin print, 235 x 175 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, still life / we cut out, 1986, silver gelatin print, 250 x 200 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, still life / negatives, 1986, silver gelatin print, 235 x 175 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, sp / South Brighton, 1975, silver gelatin print, 150 x 200 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, sp / 1, 1985, silver gelatin print, 200 x 250 mm

Janet Bayly, Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Janet Bayly, Red Tulips, 1980, unique SX-70 Polaroid, 80 x 79 mm

Janet Bayly, Self Portrait, 1978, C-type print from SX-70 Polaroid, 80 x 79 mm

Fragments of a World

20 January — 20 February 2016

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Michael Lett is pleased to present Fragments of a World, an exhibtion first shown at Adam Art Gallery Te Pataka Toi, Wellington, curated by Dr Sandy Callister. This critical exhibition brings together a selection of film and photography by Janet Bayly, Minerva Betts, Rhondda Bosworth, Jane Campion, Alexis Hunter, Joanna Margaret Paul and Popular Productions produced between 1973 and 1987.
The exhibition borrows its title from a book published in 1976 surveying the emerging contemporary art medium of photography, which took a gendered approach to its subject and featured the work of 31 women artists. The aim of the exhibition is to examine a particular form of imagemaking that opens up thinking about the intersection of feminism, new technologies, and a disruptive epoch.
The selected artists all demonstrate their embrace of and struggle with established conventions and hierarchies in the art, film and photographic worlds. Employing strategies such as staging, repetition, reconstruction, assemblage and blurring, they test new technologies, slipping between categories to reframe everyday experiences with disruptive purpose, yet avoiding overt politics. Experimenting with the new media of their time, these artists foreshadow how technologies now mediate our desires and inner thoughts; they are eloquent harbingers of our Instagram era.

 
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Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Popular Productions, the story of, 1973, 8mm film transferred to digital video, 6 min 23 sec

Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear VI: Violence, Destruction of Evidence (Bermondsey, London), 1976, 8 framed colour photographs, two parts, 1355 x 4250 mm each

Alexis Hunter, Approach to Fear V11: Pain-Solace (Hoxton, London), 1975, 16 colour photographs, framed, 513 x 760 mm

Janet Bayly, Lace Dress 2, 1979/2002, five colour Lambda prints from SX-70 Polaroids, 500 x 500 mm each

Janet Bayly, Self Portrait (Mirror) 2 Self Portrait (Mirror) 3 Self Portrait (Mirror) 4, 1983, three unique Polacolour prints, 254 x 203 mm each

Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Jane Campion, A Girl’s Own Story, 1984, digital transfer of 16mm film, 27 min

Joanna Margaret Paul, Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Joanna Margaret Paul, Untitled (Barry’s Bay), 1976/2013, archival print from original colour negative, 175 x 260 mm

Joanna Margaret Paul, Untitled (Barry’s Bay), 1976/2013, archival print from original colour negative, 175 x 260 mm

Joanna Margaret Paul, Task, 1982, 8mm film transferred to digitial video, 3 min 11 sec

Minerva Betts, Chair, circa 1980, silver bromide print, framed, 350 x 365 mm

Minerva Betts, Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Minerva Betts, Untitled, 1980–2015, silver bromide contact prints with oil pastel, table,perspex, dimensions variable

Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Rhondda Bosworth, still life / Bobbie, 1986, silver gelatin print, 235 x 175 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, still life / we cut out, 1986, silver gelatin print, 250 x 200 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, still life / negatives, 1986, silver gelatin print, 235 x 175 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, sp / South Brighton, 1975, silver gelatin print, 150 x 200 mm

Rhondda Bosworth, sp / 1, 1985, silver gelatin print, 200 x 250 mm

Janet Bayly, Fragments of a World, Installation view, 2016

Janet Bayly, Red Tulips, 1980, unique SX-70 Polaroid, 80 x 79 mm

Janet Bayly, Self Portrait, 1978, C-type print from SX-70 Polaroid, 80 x 79 mm