Ann Shelton (MFA, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada) was born in Timaru, New Zealand. Shelton is recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading photographic artists. Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki hosted Shelton’s mid-career review exhibition Dark Matter: Ann Shelton, curated by Zara Stanhope (now QUGOMA) (Nov 2016) and toured the exhibition to Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū (Dec 2017). Shelton is Associate Professor in Photography at Whiti o Rehua School of Art, her most recent research engages with plant narratives and histories, in particular the intersection of these histories with human knowledge systems. Shelton is interested in how through art, the perceived power play between plants and humans can be questioned, redefined and modified and in how these questions come urgently into play as we move into and through the era of the anthropocene. For Shelton making photographs comes with a complex potential agency and a set of overwhelming ethical and moral margins that are at the heart of the mediums difficult ontology. Combining performativity, doubling and printed matter to open up what can be critiqued as the seamless, closed and singular nature of photographic objects, Shelton employs these interventions to shift their status into mobile, multiple and stammering utterances.
In April 2019 Shelton will present the project jane says in New York, her first solo exhibition in the US, at Denny Dimin Gallery. Her ongoing body of work in a forest has been shown in London, Berlin, Melbourne, Sydney, Spain, Wellington and Auckland. In 2009 she exhibited the series Public Places in Images Recalled (Bilder auf Abruf), Germany’s largest photographic biennale curated by Tobias Berger and Esther Ruelfs. Selected group shows include Invisible Traces, Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Spain curated by Mercedes Vicente, Dark Sky at The Adam Art Gallery, Wellington curated by Geoffery Batchen and Tina Barton, a way of calling at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne curated by Melissa Keys.
Shelton is represented by Two Rooms and Bartley and Company Art