Adele Jackson: Antarctic Sun Lines

This exhibition is now closed

To mark the opening of the 2019/20 Antarctic summer season, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū presents the first publicly exhibited Antarctic Sun Lines solargraph. A multi-day exposure image made using a pinhole camera and illuminated with solar energy, it considers Antarctica in relation to the sun and the natural forces that create and sustain life on Earth

Multi-disciplinary British artist Adele Jackson created the first solargraphs in Antarctica while working there in the 2015/16 summer season. Over the past four years, her Antarctic Sun Lines project has developed into an international collaboration involving over fifty Antarctic research, science support and heritage organisations. Solargraphs are created using light-sensitive paper inside a pinhole camera to record a trace of sun’s light each day. The sun, the tilt and rotation of the Earth, and the polar location all combine to create a project that Jackson hopes will “kindle a sense of wonder and ignite a curiosity about the dynamics of our planet.”

  • Date:
    2 October – 6 October 2019
  • Curator:
    Felicity Milburn
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  • Sponsor
    COMNAP CuratorSpace TransAntactic Association University of Canterbury Antarctica New Zealand Gateway Antarctica