Jane Zusters

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

Rosalie de Boot and Maya Mistral in the Begonia House, Christchurch Botanical gardens

  • 1977
  • Silver gelatin photographic print
  • Gift of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, 2022, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary 1971-2021
  • 201 x 243mm
  • 2022/062
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The photographs that Jane Zusters made during the 1970s assert the presence and visibility of queer relationships, particularly in Ōtautahi. Jane often took photographs of her friends and loved ones, spontaneously capturing intimate moments. In this image, the humid environment of the Begonia House is a setting for a breathy embrace, but there is much we don’t know about these two people. Instead, Jane uses her camera to frame the simplicity of a close connection to someone else, embracing bodies and hands wrapping around each other.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )

Exhibition History