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23.11.2011

 

Ans Westra - Washday at the Pa - round three of the New Zealand cycle

{Suite} Gallery is currently displaying prints from Ans Westra's celebrated 'Washday at the Pa' series (1963).

Over fifty years ago Ans produced text and 44 images for a Department of Education publication aimed at primary schools. The ‘Washday at the Pa’ book presents a day in the life of a rural Maori family with eight children waiting to be resettled in a house in the city.

Following protests from the Maori Women Welfare League, Washday at the Pa became the subject of controversial debate and was ultimately banned by the Department of Education. The league criticised the depicted sub-standard housing as untrue and inaccurate.

Ans published the second edition in 1964 with Caxton Press and added 22 new images.

The exhibition accompanies the third publication of Washday at the Pa, with images from the 1964, first and second editions, plus several new works from 1998: Washday at the Pa Revisited.

Ans Westra was born in 1936 in Leiden, Holland. In 1998 she received the "Companion of the Order of New Zealand" for her photography work.


Ans Westra - 'Washday at the Pa'
until 26 November 2011
{Suite} Gallery
Level 2, 147 Cuba Street / 108 Oriental Parade
6011 Wellington
New Zealand
www.suite.co.nz



WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)

WASHDAY AT THE PA by Ans Westra ({Suite} Gallery)