Fair, Springvale Park, Wanganui

Ans Westra, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Springvale, Whanganui City, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1993.
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About the Work
“This excites me and takes me back to 1989, when I was all but 11 years old, at the A &P Show, where parents would dread sending their kids, knowing very well that it was a money trap… I remember seeing this lady there several times over the years, and still see her around Whanganui on occasions! The image reminds me of candyfloss, Dodge ‘Ems, the Ferris wheel and happy times! It was also the year my little brother was born, so even more of a special time to remember.”

– Taane Tamati, Customer Services Officer at the Whanganui District Council for the Nov 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.

After arriving in the country from her native Holland, Westra made her first trip up the Whanganui River in 1960 and began an engagement with the people of the region that continues to this day.
Image 290 x 290mm
toned silver gelatin print on paper
Black and white photograph of a person standing in their stall at a fair. Behind them, attached to the rear of the stall are numerous dolls with full skirts hanging on the canvas. In front of the person is a wooden crate. Across the top hangs a string of naked lightbulbs.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist, 1996.
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Permanent collection
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