Curator Sarah Farrar talks about this unusual ‘Antarctic’ photograph.
<P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P>
<P>This is not a photograph taken in the polar south. It shows people having a simulated Antarctic experience in Christchurch, in front of a large photomural of Antarctic mountains. </P>
<P>However, Anne Noble, the photographer, did actually visit Antarctica in 2002 – the same year she took this photo. And while she was there, she began to think about how our ideas about Antarctica have mostly been formed through photography.</P>
<P>So rather than add to the body of familiar, repetitive imagery, she decided to consider how Antarctica has been represented. She explores the frozen continent’s hold on us as a location in the imagination. </P>
<P>Her Antarctic photographs prompt us to consider the differences between the real and the imagined – and what sort of role photography plays in the distinction.</P>