Handboek | Ans Westra
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.
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)