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Reflections on Angela Lane: Phosphene

Saturday 24 February, 2pm

Join us for the final weekend for our ground floor exhibition Angela Lane: Phosphene to hear reflections on Lane’s mysterious and otherworldly paintings from Wellington-based photographic artist Belinda Whitta and writer Tim Corballis. 

Belinda Whitta 

Belinda Whitta is a photographic artist, with a sustainable and alternative analog practice. 

Frequently working within the intersectionality of feminisms, representation of land and body, and our contextual settler colonial histories and rituals; her current research and practice explore the edges of photographic processes, empowering space in the installation process to reiterate the works themes of vulnerability and intimacy. Fascinated by the intersection of folk witchcraft and alternative or sustainable photography, Belinda uses witchcraft as a nature-based religion that forms deeper collaborative relationships with land. 

Belinda facilitates a hands-on, process-based practice that feels out new ways to communicate the invisibilities or un-seen and un-spoken elements within our relationships, histories, representations, and spaces. Using sustainable photographic processes aids her in maintaining a continuous reciprocal relationship with the landscape, thinking of the land not as an object but an entity.  

Whitta graduated with a Bachelor of Design with Honours in Photography in 2022, and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Fine Arts at Whiti o Rehua, Massey University. Belinda has previously worked alongside photographic artists and educators Shaun Waugh, Jonathan Kay and David Cook. She co-founded the handmade darkroom in 2023 alongside Samson Dell, initiating a local photographic collective through which to explore alternative and sustainable process.

Tim Corballis 

Tim Corballis is a novelist, essayist and art writer based in Wellington. He is the author of five novels through Victoria University Press: Our Future is in the Air (2017), R.H.I. (2015), The Fossil Pits (2005), Measurement (2002), and Below (2001).

Tim is a Senior Lecturer in Science in Society at Te Herenga Waka. With a background in mathematics and philosophy as well as creative writing, he has taught at tertiary level in philosophy, sociology and art and design theory, and currently teaches science communication. In 2014 he was awarded a doctorate from The University of Auckland, for work in the theoretical humanities and social sciences focusing on aesthetic theory in Antipodean contexts.

He has received several major awards and residencies for his writing, including most recently the Victoria University of Wellington Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence (2015). His essay ‘Winter’ won the Landfall Essay Competition in 2013.

Collaborative work includes the 2007 exhibition project Si C’est (If It Is) shown at The Physics Room, Christchurch and Te Tuhi Gallery, Auckland, and the 2015 video artwork Machine Wind shown at Te Tuhi Gallery, both with photographer Fiona Amundsen.

Machine Wind was subsequently shown at the 5th Taiwan International Video Art Exhibition 2016, Hong-Gah Museum, Taipei. In 2020 Tim again collaborated with Fiona Amundsen to create an exhibition ‘Human Hand’ at The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt, exploring three communities in Arizona that are all in some sense separated from the mainstream.

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