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30 May 2021 —
22 August 2021

Louise Stevenson:
Someplace Else

Louise Stevenson, Budapest Airport, 2005. Work on paper. 190mm x 285mm. Image courtesy of the artist.

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Someplace Else speaks to a desire for travel, to discovering and exploring other places. It highlights tensions between home and overseas, between tourist and citizen, between foreigner and resident. Currently, such travel reverie is particularly nostalgic, its future uncertain.

Out of a trans-national relationship between Hungary and Aotearoa New Zealand between 1991 and 2019, Stevenson accumulated a body of drawings – recently published in the artist’s book Someplace Else. She drew on travel ephemera such as airplane tickets, bus passes and museum entries to create intimate works, using stitching, pin-pricks and mark-making. This installation is a further re-mapping: unfolding along crease-lines of travel memory.