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Barker’s Avenue, 2015

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Barker’s Avenue, 2015

Fiona Jack Barker's Avenue web.jpg
Fiona Jack Barker's Avenue web.jpg

Barker’s Avenue, 2015


Fiona Jack
Barker’s Avenue, 2015
1050mm x 2110mm
Silver thread on vintage hand-woven hand-dyed cotton

Fiona Jack is a conceptual artist based in Auckland. Her projects consider sociopolitical issues and look to the past in order to understand the present. The collaborative project, Living Halls (2010), examined New Zealand’s radical commitment to building hundreds of social halls as war memorials after WWI. 

Also collaborative and focused on community The Heraldry of Presence (2014) studied banners and their long service as identifiers and gathering devices for groups of people. The series, In time I will see things a little differently (2010 - ongoing), engages with the close examination of historical photographs, and two projects with Ngarimu Blair and Ngāti Whātua o Ōrākei, Palisade (2008) and Kohimarama (2008) – have drawn attention to historical acts of violent colonisation through re-enactment and re-presentation. 

Barker’s Avenue is a garden of native trees on the north bank of the Ōtākaro–Avon river between Madras and Manchester streets. It was established by Christchurch Beautifying Association member Samuel Barker in 1898 to celebrate and encourage awareness of the native species of the area. While over 600 plants and trees were transplanted here by Barker and other association members from their own gardens, only a small number of original trees have survived. Fiona worked with Christchurch City Council botanist Trevor Partridge to identify which trees would be old enough to have been in the original planting by Samuel Barker in 1898.

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