History of Our World

Handboek | Ans Westra

Posted in Art, Photography, Print by R on December 19, 2009

James K. Baxter, 1972

Main Street – Wairoa, 1964

Dance – Auckland Maori Community Centre, 1962

Mongrel Mob Convention – Porirua, 1982

Turangawaewae Marae – Ngaruawahia, 1963

Hone Tuwhare at James K. Baxter’s graveside, 1972


Born in Leiden, the Netherlands, Ans Westra came to New Zealand in 1957. In a few short years she was to commence on her life-long photographic journey documenting the lives of New Zealanders during a period of cultural, social and generational change.

The comfortable conformity of the late 40’s and 50’s in New Zealand was about to be disrupted by the increasing post-war arrival of European migrants and, more importantly, the urban shift of Māori, which gained momentum in the 1950’s. As a society New Zealand and it’s citizens were far from prepared to accommodate the difficulties accompanying such a challenge to their homogenous cultural, social and institutional frameworks.

Ans Westra’s arrival in New Zealand coincided with that shift and the resultant changes and tensions which have characterised and continue to characterise New Zealand’s social and cultural evolution.

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Handboek | Ans Westra Photographs

Luit Bieriga : Christina Barton : Gavin Hipkins : Lawrence McDonald : Kyla McFarlane : Cushla Parekowhai : Damian Skinner : John B. Turner

Blair Wakefield Exhibitions (BWX)

2004

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BWX : Ans Westra

R

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  1. toni-renee said, on May 13, 2010 at 22:38

    hi Ans iv recently been doing a study on your photographs and i just wanted to say that i really love the way that you have just gone and taken these pictures they are so beautiful


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