Aliyah Winter | Hardening

Opening event Wednesday February 7, 5:30pm

Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington 

Revisiting historical representations of gender and sexuality, Aliyah Winter’s artistic practice considers these personal and shared histories within our present moment. Incorporating moving image, performance and archival research, the solo exhibition ‘hardening’ is part of an ongoing project by Winter that revisits the biography of Dr. Hjelmar von Danneville.

Born in Europe, Danneville lived in Te Whanganui-ā-Tara Wellington and worked at the Lahmann Health Home in Miramar during the early 20th Century. Well known locally for their eccentric dress, the doctor wore closely cropped hair, men’s shirts and jackets with skirts, and often partook in dry shaving. Their gender nonconformity, worldly experience and association with alternative medicine made the Doctor a highly suspicious person to local authorities during World War I. During this time, the Doctor was interned on Matiu Island in Wellington Harbour as a suspected ‘enemy alien’.

Drawing together the historical settings of Matiu and the Health Home at Miramar, ‘hardening’ takes Danneville’s experiences as starting points for contemplating how health, healing, desire and belonging are understood within our contemporary social context.

The exhibition is presented during Wellington Pride Festival I Tū whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara and includes a walk with the artist on Matiu Island on Saturday 3 March (with the wet weather date of Saturday 10 March). Further details to be confirmed with Enjoy. The Island is accessible by ferry, and places are limited to 20 people. Please email to attend.

Enjoy Public Art Gallery acknowledges Taranaki Whānui as the kaitiaki of Matiu. All participants will need to comply with the biosecurity instructions from the Department of Conservation in order to protect the wildlife and predator-free status of the Island.

Date(s) - 08/02/2018 - 10/03/2018
All Day