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<EM>Storm, Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, 2002</EM> by Anne Noble

Curator Sarah Farrar talks about this unusual ‘Antarctic’ photograph.

Storm, Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, 2002 by Anne Noble
<P data-associrn="898817"></P> <P>This recording was created for Te Papa’s in-gallery audio tour.</P> <P>Transcript:</P> <P><STRONG>Sarah Farrar</STRONG></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 &#8211; 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 &#8211; and what sort of role photography plays in the distinction.</P>

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Storm. Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, 2002

Anne Noble, Storm. Antarctic Centre, Christchurch, 2002, 2002, colour photograph, inkjet print,
Purchased 2008.
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