July 17, 2012
Mary Macpherson has an exhibition in the The Auckland Festival of Photography is a 7 year project about change in New Zealand society as seen in small towns throughout the country.
It is entitled Old New World and its narrative is one of a shift from the remains of the traditional New Zealand of the 1950s and 60s to places of boom and prosperity.
Mary MacPherson, DB advertisement, truckstop, Canterbury, 2008 from Old New World
MacPherson is interested in finding ways to get a sense of how people perceive their world. In Old New World this surfaces in the photographs of statues, murals and public artworks which show how people were representing regional and national history and regional identity.
Mary MacPherson, statue, Manawatu, Whanganui, Old New World
Many of the small townspainted up the main street to attract custom and celebrate their identity. These were places that remained resolutely themselves in contrast to those that were heading into decline.