Saturday, April 10, 2010
On Friday, April 16, Camera Austria is opening the exhibition of film, video and photographic works by New Zealand artist Darcy Lange. This first retrospective exhibition in the German-speaking area is curated by Mercedes Vicente curator with Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. Introducing the exhibition, Ms. Vicente will speak on Darcy Lange's work in her lecture on Thursday, April 15.
A graduate of Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland, New Zealand and the Royal College of Art in London, Darcy Lange (1946 – 2005) established a career in the late 1960s as a sculptor with large, hard-edge abstract works but soon turned to photography, film, and video. In 1971, he began filming and videotaping under the general theme of "people at work" in English factories, mines, and schools and continued documenting workers' lives after returning to New Zealand. In the late 1970s, Lange joined Māori activists' struggles to establish land rights during what became known as the Māori Renaissance when bicultural policies in New Zealand fully came into place, and developed his ambitious Māori Land Project (1977 – 1981). Beginning in the 1980s, Lange became increasingly involved in the study of music, especially Flamenco, and created several multimedia performances involving music, poetry, and art. He died in Auckland in 2005.
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