THE MAS­TER OF SLIC­ING AND SPLICING

North & South - - Letters -

In 2012, John Steza­ker won the Deutsche Börse Pho­tog­ra­phy Foun­da­tion Prize – even though he’s tech­ni­cally not a photographer. The Bri­tish artist is a cre­ator of col­lage, cut­ting and past­ing his­toric images ( film stills, vin­tage head­shots of ac­tors, an­tique post­cards) to re­flect “stuff that has lost its im­me­di­ate re­la­tion­ship with the world” and “in­volves a yearn­ing for a lost world”. It’s your last chance to catch his first New Zealand ex­hi­bi­tion, John Steza­ker: Lost World ( Christchurch Art Gallery, un­til July 22), which show­cases 40-odd col­lages dat­ing from 2006 to 2016, as well as found-ob­ject sculp­tures and a film, Crowd, which presents hun­dreds of film stills of crowd scenes, each for one frame only.

Mean­while, North & South con­tribut­ing photographer Guy Fred­er­ick ex­plores the hu­man mark­ers and spa­ces of Antarc­tica in Post­cards from Antarc­tica ( Eskdale Gallery, Dunedin, April 27-May 11), a body of work he cre­ated on a visit to Scott Base with Antarc­tica New Zealand’s Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Pro­gramme.

John Steza­ker: Lost World

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