The Missionaries

The Missionaries

Ann Shelton

Two Rooms, Auckland

2 - 30 June 2018

Part of the Auckland Festival of Photography

 Ann Shelton,  The Suffragette, Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus)  2017

Ann Shelton, The Suffragette, Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) 2017

"Ann Shelton’s new series The Missionaries, explores the powerful relationship between colonisation, nationalism and plants in the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand. In a kind of contrived bouquet garni set against the musty colour palette of the Arts and Crafts movement in 19th Century Europe, these domestic botanic epitaphs engage with the reasons emigrants brought plants with them, why they went to elaborate ends to preserve them on their long journey, and the consequences of their interventions".

More images and an essay by Emil McAvoy can be read on the Two Rooms website.