Fiona Pardington :

Pardington, Fiona, 1961-

Fiona Pardington : the pressure of sunlight falling / Pressure of sunlight falling - Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press, 2011. - 160 pages : illustrations (some color), color map, portraits ; 35 cm

Published in association with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery and Two Rooms Gallery ; and coincides with the opening of a major travelling exhibition. Includes essays by leading scholars in Pacific history, art and photography, on subjects as diverse as phrenology and cast-making, the voyage, and the identity of Māori casts.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 154-157).

In search of the present: Fiona Pardington's Āhua / Embossing the abyss: the work of Fiona Pardington / The truth of lineage: time and tā moko / Images by Fiona Pardington: Dumont d'Urville and Dumoutier families -- Moulages du temps perdu: a voyage and its relics / Nicholas Thomas -- Images by Fiona Pardington: Gambier Islands (Mangareva), Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands -- Dumoutier's artifacts: a distant glimmer of ghosts / Yves le Fur -- Images by Fiona Pardington: Caroline Islands, Mariana Islands, Papua New Guinea -- Facing difference: casts as document and display / Documents, specimens, portraits: Dumoutier's Oceanic casts / He āhua tīpuna: faces of the ancestors / Ross Calman -- Kei tua o te aka = Beyond the husk / Images by Fiona Pardington: Aotearoa New Zealand -- Et la tēte: casting heads in the Pacific / Images by Fiona Pardington: Timor, La Réunion, Madagascar, Mozambique -- Dramatis personae. Kriselle Baker and Elizabeth Rankin -- David Elliott -- Kriselle Baker -- Elizabeth Rankin -- Stacy L. Kamehiro -- Ariana Tikao -- Anne Salmond --

"An ambitious journey of the nineteenth century was the third voyage of the French explorer Dumont d'Urville, from 1837-1840. It was just before the invention of photography, when phrenology, the study of people's skulls, was the latest thing. D'Urville chose to take on the voyage an eminent phrenologist, Pierre-Marie Dumoutier, to preserve likenesses of people by making life casts. Fiona Pardington first learned of the life casts in 2007, which initiated a four-year project. It took her from Auckland to the Musée de l'Homme [in Paris], as she researched and photographed some of more than fifty casts of Māori, Pacific and European heads, including casts of her Ngāi Tahu ancestors"--Jacket flap.

In English with some Māori.

9781877578090 1877578096

Pardington, Fiona, 1961-
Dumoutier, Pierre-Marie Alexandre, 1797-1871.

Portrait photography--New Zealand--20th century.
Pacific Islanders--Portraits.
Phrenology--History--France--19th century.
Plaster casts.

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