Episode 30: Aaron Lister and Pip Adam talk about Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation

In this episode Aaron Lister, Curator, City Gallery Wellington, and I talk about the work of Fiona Pardington.

fiona and Aaron City gallery

Fiona Pardington and Aaron Lister at A Beautiful Hesitation, City Gallery Wellington

A Beautiful Hesitation is the largest exhibition of photographer Fiona Pardington’s work to date. With over a hundred photographs spanning thirty years of practice, the show provides a unique opportunity to trace relationships across Pardington’s work that may not have been immediately obvious in previous exhibitions. “In all her work,” says the Aaron, “the personal and the political – and ways of looking and being – are forcefully intertwined.”

To coincide with the Auckland opening of the exhibition a book Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation has been published by Victoria University Press, in association with Baker+Douglas and in conjunction with City Gallery Wellington and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.


The book includes newly commissioned essays, a substantial interview and an archive section including earlier significant texts. Designed by the artist’s brother, Neil Pardington, this book includes more than 150 images. Many early photographs are published here for the first time.

You can see Fiona’s work on her website

You can read a transcript of some of this interview at Pantograph Punch

This episode includes music by CHĒĒZΠ which was licensed under Creative Commons and made available from Jamendo Music

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Episode 30: Aaron Lister and Pip Adam talk about Fiona Pardington: A Beautiful Hesitation

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