The presence of absence and the absence of presenceSeries:
Imprint: Sidestone Press
Photo-Museology arises from an art project undertaken over 25 years. From the early 1990s, Mark Adams and Nicholas Thomas together investigated sites of cross-cultural encounter in the Pacific and associated places in Europe, ranging from Captain Cook memorials to ethnographic museums. Some of those museums still exhibited colonial symbols and forms of knowledge, others had attempted to displace such histories, foregrounding more inclusive or progressive stories. Complementing the academic studies in the Pacific Presences series, this book offers what John Berger referred to as ‘another way of telling’. Through photography, it revisits the places collections were made, and the places they ended up in. It is a meditation on presence and absence.
1. New Zealand
2. Norfolk Island
7. New Caledonia
note: Each ‘chapter’ is a set of images of varying number – some 2-3, a few up to 20; preceded by a single page, contextualising text; a short select bibliography will list relevant texts.