Jane Zusters

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1951

Two shirts

  • 1978
  • C type colour photographic print
  • Gift of the Friends of Christchurch Art Gallery, 2022, in celebration of their 50th Anniversary 1971-2021
  • 201 x 253mm
  • 2022/065

This photograph shows the attention that Jane Zusters paid to the visibility of queer relationships in her work from the 1970s. Tropical shirts and warm holiday tones reveal the casual bliss of shared living. Jane uses her camera to frame and crop, complicating what we can know about the individual people in them. Instead, the connection to someone else is what becomes important. Embracing arms and hands wrap around each other, forming bodies into joined entities.

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

Exhibition History