During the ceremony of her Final Profession, a sister lies in front of the alter while the community and the congregation say a litany or prayer of intercession, the the angels and saints...By the life and labour of all monks promote the welfare of all humanity...Hear prayer...etc.

Anne Noble, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Tyburn, London, England, Great Britain in 1988.
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“This image is from one of my favourite series by Anne Noble. It’s a rare and sensitive insight into the private rituals that is decisively recorded at a moment of great tension in an environment of solitude.” – Zahra Killeen-Chance, ‘My Choice’ October 2021

From the Series "In the presence of Angels- Photographs of Contemporary life" 56 photographs."Two primary raw materials of photography, time and light, also happen to be two concepts central to the monastic life. Anne Noble's exhibition, In the presence of angels, which has been touring New Zealand for the last two years, captures the reality inhabited by the Benedictine nuns of Tyburn Convent, near the centre of London, and also illuminates the photo-artist's own practice. Nobles exposures reflect the nun's preoccupation with transcending the materiality and temporality of existence. In a catalogue essay to the show, Mother M. Xavier McMonagle describes her monastic vocation as a "spiritual dance between time and eternity"*. Photography is, in its own way, also a dance or transaction between time and timelessness. Its objective, like the liturgical life, can be "to sanctify time and all human activity"**" by Gregory O'Brien. Article ' Silent Films', in 'Illusions'. pg 36. See Loan file.
*In the presence of Angels, Exhibition catalogue, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui, 1989, pp7-10.
This record represents a work in a series and has related works.
Image 111 x 165mm
silver toned silver gelatin photograph
An image from the Series "In the presence of Angels- Photographs of Contemporary life" which comprises of 56 photographs. Black and white photograph showing a nun in black habit lying face down in front of the altar on a stone tiled floor. At the rear of the image is a row of kneeling figures clothed in white robes and holding paper sheet booklets.
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On long term loan to the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui
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