Sam Gorham

Raking through the ashes

Information

_Raking through the ashes_ examines the contested history and significance of tobacco production in Aotearoa, New Zealand. This work signals tobaccos dying future in Aotearoa as the government moves towards an ambitious goal of ‘Smokefree 2025’, whilst presenting a contemporary interpretation on the future of nicotine and tobacco alternatives in society. Resurfaced artefacts from once closed corporate archives and research facilities are collated with Gorham’s contemporary site-specific responsive images, creating collisions of past and present materials. These materials open records of mass production, consumption, economic position, as well as communities in Aotearoa which were ingrained in past tobacco manufacture. As the climate surrounding societies use of tobacco shifts and swirls dramatically, New Zealand has entered a stage of huge legistlative control and social stigma of its use. 

Bachelor of Design (Hons)

Photography
_nicotiana tabacum, British American Tobacco (BAT), Virginia_. 17x20inch. Mounted and framed inkjet Enhanced Matte print.
_Plant & Food Research, FKA: DSIR Tobacco Research Station, I_. 20x28inch. Mounted and framed inkjet Enhanced Matte print.
_Ashes. _28x28 inch. Mounted and framed inkjet Enhanced Matte print.
_Pethybridge, for the pleasure of the citizens and visitors. _30x40inch. Mounted and framed inkjet Enhanced Matte print.

Location

Block 1
The Engine Room

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