• Mark Adams and Chris Corson-Scott

This exhibition brings together work from Mark Adams’ seminal 1988-1992 series Land of Memories, and photographs made over the last four years from Chris Corson-Scott’s ongoing project photographing Aotearoa.

Mark Adams’ Land of Memories was published in 1993 in collaboration with historian Harry Evison. Here Adams looks clearly at what remains of sites important to Māori – particularly those where food and resources were gathered. By showing the dispassionate ways in which European colonisation had scarred or erased them, Adams’ work presciently foreshadowed present day thinking on decolonization, while also being a complex critique of settler photography and the colonial gaze.

In new photographs, Chris Corson-Scott ventures further to the most remote early European industrial sites in Te Waipounamu. Exploring the extremes settlers undertook to build fortunes, and the damage to environment and community once industry fails and is abandoned. In looking at these sites Corson-Scott asks us to question the equivalences in modern economies, heightened by the urgent need for a move towards sustainability to address climate change and decolonization.

Thanks to Two Rooms for Mark Adams’ participation.

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