Wayne Barrar, Associate Professor

Wayne Barrar, Associate Professor

Associate Professor, Whiti o Rehua School of Art

Associate Professor Wayne Barrar is a photographic-based, visual arts researcher. His international exhibition and publication work principally investigates issues related to landscape change and the cultural redefinition of nature. His research interests also encompass the history of New Zealand photography and documentary practices. Barrar teaches papers within the photography major of the BDes(Hons) programme and supervises within the MFA and PhD programmes.

  • Expertise

    Contemporary photographic practice; landscape visualisation; documentary issues; photographic technologies and photographic histories (especially nineteenth century New Zealand).

  • Research Highlights

    An Expanding Subterra (2011)
    A major project comprising a solo exhibition and monographic book. Curated by Aaron Kreisler for Dunedin Public Art Gallery, the exhibition toured to three further venues - American University Museum, Washington DC, City Gallery Wellington and Rotorua Museum. The project photographically analyses the commodification of underground space in four countries, challenges notions of spatial and landscape definition and critiques concepts of the vernacular in site production.

    Torbay ti kouka (2011)
    Torbay ti kouka is a photographic project comprised of a 66-page book, Torbay ti kouka: a New Zealand tree in the English Riviera, and a supporting associated exhibition at McNamara Gallery (Whanganui). It photographically investigates the globalised translocation of the iconic New Zealand plant species Cordyline australis (cabbage tree) in South West England. The book, in particular, allows for a comparative analysis of cultural meaning to be considered across the two geographic zones. Research was undertaken as part of a three-month, international research residency at the Land/Water and the Visual Arts research group, University of Plymouth (2011).

    Picturing Eden (2006-2009) (International group exhibition and book)
    A major US photographic touring group exhibition investigating contemporary concepts and artistic representations of Eden. Toured by George Eastman House (Rochester) to University of Iowa Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, Munson-Williams-Procter Arts Institute, NY, The Grace Museum, Texas, Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, NY. Wayne Barrar had works included in both the exhibition and book, comprising a concise thematic suite investigating plant cloning. Curated by Deborah Klochko. Associated book published by Steidl Press (Germany).

    Daniel Louis Mundy and the public works: photography and the West Coast Road in Early New Zealand Photography: Images and Essays. Editors: Wanhalla A, Wolf E.  Otago University Press 2011.
    Wayne Barrar discusses an influential period in the work of the important 19th century landscape photographer Daniel L. Mundy related to album documents in the Alexander Turnbull Library. The chapter was developed from a related presentation delivered at the symposium “The Rise of New Zealand Photography, 1839-1918”  (University of Otago).

  • Qualifications

    BSc (Canterbury University)
    PGDipFA (Auckland University)
    MDes (Massey University)

  • Supervision

    Mizuho Nishioka
    A string of data: disrupting, altering and generating the photographic image


    Primary supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Wayne Barrar
    Co-supervisor: Prof. Anne Noble