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Tales Untold: unearthing Christchurch histories


Tales Untold: unearthing Christchurch histories documents the first major SIAP project to occur in Christchurch, in 1994.

ISBN 0-473-02972-3

Drawing on ideas of history and heritage, Tales Untold brought a contemporary visual arts component to the Christchurch City Council’s Heritage Week, facilitating publicly sited artworks by Ralph Paine, Denise Kum, Margaret Dawson, Lisa Reihana, Grant Lingard, Deborah Lawler-Dormer, Cath Brown, Nicola Jackson, and Rob Garrett.

Tales Untold revealed Christchurch as more than the English ‘garden city’ that it has become synonymous with, emphasizing the layering of time and events, and the multiplicity of interpretations and social constructions which combine to create history. By blasting specific moments of Christchurch’s history into a contemporary site the Tales Untold artists and writers momentarily freeze time. Memory, history, and perspectives are revealed in a state of flux, available for reassessment and revision.

As well as including documentation of all artists projects, the Tales Untold catalog features writing by Giovanni Intra, Te Maire Tau, Jenny May, Dorthee Pauli, and Stevan Eldred-Grigg.

  • Present(Ing) the Past
    Introduction by Vivienne Stone
  • About the writers
  • History Buried Alive
    Giovanni Intra
  • Hegel's Utu
    Ralph Paine
  • Te Aritaua Pitama
    Te Maire Tau
  • Literary Tales of Christchurch
    Stevan Eldred-Grigg
  • Gender aspects of the built environment of central colonial Christchurch
    Jenny May & Dorothee Paul
  • Project Documentation
    • Ralph Paine
    • Denise Kum
    • Margaret Dawson
    • Lisa Reihana
    • Grant Lingard
    • Deborah Lawler-Dormer
    • Cath Brown
    • Nicola Jackson
    • Rob Garret

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