b. 1949, New Zealand

Mark Adams Biography

Mark Adams is one of New Zealand’s foremost documentary photographers. His work on Samoan Tattau, Maori-Pakeha interactions in and around Rotorua, and the documentation of Cook’s landing sites reflect his engagement with our postcolonial Pacific history.

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“His work is an engagement with the deep artful, bloody and inextricably complicated histories of colonialism in the Pacific”. Nicholas Thomas, in Cook’s Sites

Mark Adams travels to the places where Cook landed in the South Pacific, instilling a haunting sense of presence to these sites, Adams photographically commemorates the instant of encounter, defining it as a moment of discovery, violence and mutual reciprocity. For this series Mark also focuses on key historic sites illustrated by painters William Hodges and John Webber who accompanied Cook on his voyages. His portrayal allows us to look out from these paintings and reassess the history of these culturally loaded locations. As Adams has often said, he likes to invert the colonial gaze, highlighting the complications of representation.

Mark Adams' Land of Memories series is also concerned with the layers of meaning inscribed into the landscape by our culture. Taken with signature long exposures, they appear painterly and ghostly, emphasising the temporal nature of the images and the fluidity of meaning associated with these places.

His works have been shown at in the Auckland City Gallery, Te Papa-Museum of New Zealand, The Brisbane Museum, The Adam Gallery Wellington, Sydney Museum, Zelda Cheatle Gallery London, The National Library Canberra, Sao Paolo Biennale 1997 and many other major museums.

Mark Adams Featured Artworks

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12.11.2000 Huia, Kakapo, Kiwi, Kea. The Onslow Room, Clandon Park, Surrey, England. by Mark Adams contemporary artwork photography
Mark Adams 12.11.2000 Huia, Kakapo, Kiwi, Kea. The Onslow Room, Clandon Park, Surrey, England. Silver bromide hand print from 10 x 8 inch black and white negative
60 x 51 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
12.11.2000. Hinemihi. The Onslow room. Clandon Park, Surrey, England. by Mark Adams contemporary artwork photography
Mark Adams 12.11.2000. Hinemihi. The Onslow room. Clandon Park, Surrey, England. Silver bromide hand print from 10 x 8 inch C41 negatives
58 x 68.5 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
11.11.2000. The Onslow Room, Clandon Park, Surrey, England. by Mark Adams contemporary artwork photography
Mark Adams 11.11.2000. The Onslow Room, Clandon Park, Surrey, England. Silver bromide hand paints from 10 x 8 inch C41 negatives
69 x 123 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery
13.11.2000. Hinemihi. Clandon Park. Surrey, England by Mark Adams contemporary artwork photography
Mark Adams 13.11.2000. Hinemihi. Clandon Park. Surrey, England C type prints from 10 x 8 inch C41 negatives
132 x 213 cm
Two Rooms Contact Gallery

Mark Adams Recent Exhibitions

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Mark Adams Represented By

Two Rooms contemporary art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand Two Rooms Auckland

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