Friday, May 31, 2019

Fiona Pardington at historic Alberton House

In June, historic Alberton will host an exhibition of photographs and site-specific installation by New Zealand artist Fiona Pardington that speaks of what is precious and valued. Taku Toi Kahurangi / My Precious Jewel presents photographs of taonga Māori in Alberton’s opulent ballroom, an elegantly furnished parlour in the 1863 homestead. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see taonga/ treasures of two cultures together and re-presented from the viewpoint of one of New Zealand’s most celebrated artists. The photographs will be accompanied by a bespoke installation created by the artist in Alberton’s 19th century glass vitrine combining objects and artefacts from Alberton’s collection with treasures from Fiona Pardington’s personal collection. The project has been curated by Kelly Carmichael and coincides with Pardington's Starkwhite exhibition TIKI: Orphans of Maoriland.
Image: installation view of Taku Toi Kahurangi / My Precious Jewel at Alberton