- Purchased, 2004
- 1220 x 1520mm
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In 1953 the nation was gripped by news of the horrific murder of Mrs Honora Parker on a walking track in Christchurch’s Port Hills. The subsequent court case inspired several books, and a feature film by Peter Jackson, Heavenly Creatures. Ann Shelton’s photograph pictures the track where it happened, perhaps – the exact spot isn’t public knowledge. Shelton says that this work is “in one sense a response to my earlier career as a press photographer and to the focus of the media on the heightened moment of the events … I have attempted to address the representation of trauma outside the moment of its occurrence.” Shelton’s image depicts the path mirrored and diverging. We might imagine that in one image the event occurs: in the other, perhaps it does not, and three people leave the park.
(Now, Then, Next: Time and the Contemporary, 15 June 2019 – 8 March 2020)