Paul Johns: South Pacific Sanctuary / Peraki / Banks Peninsula

8 November 2014 – 25 January 2015

The consideration of Japanese whale-hunting activity and ensuing protest in nearby southern waters has led to a reflection on our local whaling past, highlighting changing and divergent attitudes to animal life.

The residue of history is awakened in new work by Christchurch-based artist Paul Johns, whose consideration of Japanese whale-hunting activity in southern Antarctic waters and the ensuing protests has led to a reflection on our local whaling past. The artist's personal connections to Banks Peninsula contribute to a finely tuned response that reveals how, although the substance of the past is eroded over time, resonant traces are left behind. The contrast between past and present also draws attention to changing or evolving attitudes to animal life.