Artwork Description / Detail
The Significant Little Opera series of which this work is a part, as well as the Illustration of Government and Viewfinder series from the same period, demonstrate ffrench’s interest in conflict, cultural memory, and negotiation. At the centre of these series, however, is ffrench’s interest in the body and vision.
In the Significant Little Opera photographs, bodies are immersed in landscapes fraught with colonial angst such as Bastion Point and Waitangi. Attempting to reverse one’s habitual modes of viewing these sites as conflictual, ffrench’s puts forward an alternative vision in which these locations become potential sites for negotiation between Maori and Pakeha.