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Fiona Pardington receives prestigous French Honour

Fiona Pardington receives prestigous French Honour

2 May, 2016


Fiona_medalIn a rare honour, Fiona Pardington was named a Knight (Chevalier) in the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, in a ceremony at Auckland War Memorial Museum yesterday evening. Fiona is the first New Zealand photographer to receive this honour. Sir Peter Jackson was the one other recipient of the award at Sunday’s ceremony.

The Ordre des Arts et des Lettres is a French honour established in 1975 that recognises significant contributions to the arts and literature, and is given to both French citizens and those throughout the world whom the French government deem worthy of the award.

Past recipients include George Clooney, Olafur Eliasson, Cate Blanchett, Uma Thurman, Tim Burton, Rudolf Nureyev and William S. Burroughs.

It is Fiona’s extraordinary photographic work and research of collections in the French Museums that secured her this award. She was a Moet et Chandon Fellow in 1991-92, and in 2009 received the Musee du Quai Branly Laureate award: La Residence de Photoquai. During her Laureate, Fiona created several bodies of work from the various museum collections, including The Pressure of Sunlight Falling, where she photographed the casts taken by eminent French phrenologist Dumoutier who was on board Dumont d’Urville’s voyage through the Pacific in 1837–1840.

Well done, Fiona! We are very proud to represent you at JSG.

Fiona and parrot