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AOTNZ - Aperture, The Life and Works of Ans Westra - Alexandra.

Location: Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery
Region: Alexandra
Dates: Sun, 25 July 2021 @ 7.30pm.

  • AOTNZ - Aperture, The Life and Works of Ans Westra -  Alexandra.

“Baanvinger beautifully captures the era, the struggles, the insights and the awakening of self. A skillful storyteller” – M Giroux

Actor and director Martine Baanvinger, who wrote and starred in the award-winning play Solitude, returns in this creative and innovative one-woman play about Ans Westra, a NZ Arts Foundation Icon photographer.

In 1957, Ans Westra emigrated from the Netherlands to New Zealand and began to take photos of her new homeland. Fascinated by Maori culture in particular, she created an intimate and uniquely historical documentation of Maori life which led to a successful career capturing the essence of the people of Aotearoa.

DramaLAB’s visually stunning and intimate portrait focuses on Westra’s childhood in The Netherlands, her immigration journey to New Zealand and the start of her photography career in the 1960’s. Her first publications, including the controversial ‘Washday at the pa’, offered insight into the Maori way of life in rural Aotearoa at a time of urbanisation.

Book: Central Stories and cash sales at the door if available

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information: Adults: $25.00, Gold Card: $20.00, Children: $10.00


Central Stories Museum & Art Gallery

21 Centennial Ave, Alexandra