Laurence Aberhart: ANZAC

ANZAC is New Zealand photographer Laurence Aberhart's contribution to the grand international commemorative project that is the centennial anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. This publication and exhibition of platinum prints first presented by Dunedin Public Art Gallery in mid-2014, comprises 73 images of First World War memorials from Australia and New Zealand, drawn from the artist’s extensive archive of photographs of artefacts, processes and places that mark two of photography’s key motifs: death and remembrance. The project gave one of our region’s most significant contemporary photographers the opportunity to consider defining aspects of the social landscape and experience of twentieth-century Australia and New Zealand. Aberhart’s sequence engages two quite distinct histories: the point of origin for the memorials, and their biographical trajectories across the century.

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