Colleen Maria Lenihan, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1997.
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About the Work
“Both the selection of photographs in the collection and Lenihan’s 2022 book of interconnected short stories, Kōhine, make me think of concepts of time within te ao Māori. The present cannot be understood without considering the past. Our understanding of ‘the present’ and ‘the future’ is informed by an ability to acknowledge the past. The kupu for ‘past’ in te reo Māori is ‘mua’ (in front/before/ahead) while the kupu for ‘future’ is muri (behind, at the rear of, after, afterwards, the time after,) the past and future are not separate, but part of a whole.” – Frances Stachl (Ngāpuhi) ‘Ōku Kōwhiri - My Choice’ autmun 2024
Image 371 x 371mm
selenium toned silver gelatin print
Black and white photograph of a young woman wearing sunglasses and a floral dress with a cigarette in her right hand. She is standing in front of some shrubs that run along a fence by the side of a house. The subject of the image is artist Maiangi Waitai.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1998
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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