Pressure of sunlight falling

A new exhibition opens at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery this week. Fiona Pardington’s The Pressure of Sunlight Falling is a series of photographs that depict life-casts made by medical scientist and phrenologist, Pierre Dumoutier, during one of French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville’s South Pacific voyages from 1837 – 1840.

The portraits engage with Dumoutier’s plaster positives of individuals from the Solomon Islands to Papua New Guinea, from East Timor to Aotearoa. Dumoutier himself was the subject of his own life-casting and is in turn re-cast in Pardington’s series.

The exhibition will run from 10 September until 22 January 2012.


Source: DCC, 7 September 2011


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