Matilda Fraser: The Race Marches Forward on the Feet of Little Children

21 April - 12 May 2018

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Opening Preview: Friday 20 April, 5:30pm
Artist Talk Saturday 21 April, 12pm

We want to prevent our normal assets from continuing to be converted through ignorance and neglect into grave liabilities. The sickness and debility of babies is due to mere ignorance and carelessness: rarely to intentional neglect or cruelty.[1]

Sir Frederic Truby King (1858-1938) was a scientist, farmer, gardener, doctor, educator, and a key figure in New Zealand healthcare reform during the first half of the twentieth century. From 1889, he was the Medical Superintendent at Seacliff Lunatic Asylum, before establishing the Society for the Health of Women and Children at Karitane in 1907 – later named the Plunket Society.  Over the course of his life he worked tirelessly to promote mothercraft, breastfeeding, and the training of women as nurses, campaigned against the dangers of over-education in women, contributed to the literature of the eugenics movement, and developed a complete food for infants known as “humanized” milk.

Matilda Fraser (BFA Hons, 2012, Massey University; MFA 2016, Elam) is an artist and writer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Recent shows include I digress, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2017; The Eight Hours Plan, Mason’s Screen, 2017; New Perspectives, Artspace, 2016. She was the 2015 Writer-in-Residence at Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin, producing a series of nested texts entitled Against Efficiency about the nature of criticism.

Blue Oyster Art Project Space 


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