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Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation | The most comprehensive survey of Pardington’s work to date spanning thirty years of her practice.

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Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation | The most comprehensive survey of Pardington’s work to date spanning thirty years of her practice.

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Published by Victoria University Press in association with Baker Douglas, 2016.

330 x 255 mm, hardback, 264 pages, 150 colour and black & white images

ISBN: 9781776560547 

Exhibitions & Reviews:

City Gallery Wellington, 22 August - 22 November 2015.  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 4 March - 19 June 2016.  Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu, 16 July - 30 October 2016.  

Pantograph Punch interview with exhibition curator Aaron Lister.  

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A Beautiful Hesitation is the most comprehensive survey of Fiona Pardington’s work to date spanning thirty years of her practice. It delves deeply into the photographer’s archive presenting many of her early images for the first time. 

From an analogue process of exquisitely realised black and white images to digital photographs that are rich with colour, Pardington’s oeuvre includes themes from the spirituality that underpins Māori customs and the metaphysical world to sexual and cultural politics. Her cornerstones are the abject, the discarded, the precious and the wounded, and the deep ties she maintains with her Kāi Tahu heritage.

Alongside the images, ordered into sequences of overlaping themes, are newly commissioned essays by: Aaron Lister, Hana O’Regan, Susan Best, Kriselle Baker, Zara Stanhope, Ron Brownson and Peter Shand.  Also included are a substantial interview by Andrew Paul Wood and an archive section of significant earlier texts.

She has consistently walked the line between fantasy, art and violence: between describing physical pleasure and pain and having the photographs themselves — through their sheer beauty, scale and lushness — act it out.  Anthony Byrt, Metro, 16.3.2016

CGW Audio Guide: A Beautiful Hesitation,  The Dark Art of Fiona Pardington,  Ocula: A Conversation with Fiona Pardington

Fiona Pardington is represented by Starkwhite,  Portrait of Fiona Pardington by Meek Zuiderwyk.