Anne Noble: In Search of an Ecological Sublime

Co-sponsored by the CCP in collaboration with the School of Art and the Institute of the Environment: Antarctica and the Arctic are poignant markers of the impact of climate change in the 21st Century. While there is a growing awareness of the fragility of these environments, photography continues to project an image of heroic untouched wilderness that is often unwittingly informed by 19th and 20th century European literary narratives and visual conventions. Anne Noble is a photographer and curator whose work spans still and moving image, installation and international curatorial commissions. On Friday April 25th, Noble will discuss the development of her series of Antarctic photographic projects that critically engage with heroic age histories and narratives of land, place, and environment. Noble will also discuss her recent work that explores the relationship between people and bees, in which she collaborates with scientists to create projects that incorporate the perspectives of both art and science within an aesthetic framework.  In 2003 Noble was awarded the Order of Merit for services to photography in New Zealand.  In 2009 she was a recipient of the New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Award and was awarded the Massey University individual research medal.  Appointed Distinguished Professor of Fine Art at Massey University, Wellington in 2013, Noble is a PhD supervisor and mentors and supervises MFA students.