Christine Webster

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1958

Mika: Kai Tahu

  • Purchased, 1995
  • Cibachrome photograph
  • 2470 x 1050mm
  • 95/99
  • 1994

Mika is well known as an outrageous cross-gender cabaret performer in New Zealand. He pays great attention to the detail and presentation of each performance as well as his theatrical costuming. Christine Webster approaches her subject with respect but also with the intention of subverting traditional ideas of identity, gender and culture. Much of Webster’s often-controversial work is life size and focuses on the human body and psyche. Webster’s sophisticated technical manipulation of the photographic image has resulted in a highly resonant surface. This work is one from a series titled 'Black Carnival'.

Webster was born in Pukehohe, north of Auckland. She studied at Massey University, Victoria University and Wellington Polytechnic. Webster has been awarded a number of Creative New Zealand and Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council grants and was the Frances Hodgkins Fellow at the University of Otago in 1991. She undertook a Goethe Institute Cultural Scholarship to Berlin in 1994. Webster currently lives in Scotland.