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Gavin Hipkins

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Gavin Hipkins | New Zealand b.1968 | Auckland (Mount Eden) (from ‘The Homely’ series) 1997–2000 | Type C photograph mounted on foam board, ed. 1/8 | 40 x 60cm | Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Gavin Hipkins Auckland (Mount Eden) (from ‘The Homely’ series) 1997–2000
Gavin Hipkins
New Zealand b.1968  
Auckland (Mount Eden) (from ‘The Homely’ series) 1997–2000
Type C photograph mounted on foam board, ed. 1/8
40 x 60cm
Purchased 2008. The Queensland Government's Gallery of Modern Art Acquisitions Fund
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

Gavin Hipkins

Auckland (Mount Eden) (from ‘The Homely’ series) 1997–2000

Gavin Hipkins’s ‘The Homely’ series features 80 images taken over four years of excursions in New Zealand and Australia. The absence of people in these photographs, and the prevalence of the quotidian, punctuated by majestic vistas (which are often replicas) such as the lonely hawk looking down an awe-inspiring valley, all contribute to a deep questioning of the choice of images and their meaning. For whom do these images represent home? The multi-narrative series offers an uncanny and un-sequenced personal and public narrative, which draws on notions of the familiar to complicate ideas of nation and identification.