PHOTOGRAPHY 130 – Behind the Lens: 130 years of RMIT Photography
Date: 10 Mar 2017-13 Apr 2017
Time: 11:00 am-05:00 pm ( (UTC +10:00))
Venue: RMIT Gallery, City campus
Opening hours: RMIT Gallery is open Monday to Friday 11am–5pm, Thursday 11am–7pm, Saturday 12pm–5pm, and closed Sunday and public holidays.
RMIT University’s photography students and staff have captured and contributed to the shifting cultural and political climate in Australia over the last 130 years.
Photography 130 offers an expanded view of the role and contribution of RMIT University to the photographic imaging of Melbourne and Australia, presenting a fresh perspective through the lens of the University’s photographic history, legacy and culture.
From the University’s beginning in 1887 as the Working Men’s College, RMIT students took to photography with great enthusiasm, making important connections and contributions to the growth of Melbourne as a city as part of the world’s longest running photographic school.
Featuring over 100 photographs created by RMIT staff and alumni between 1887 and 2017 sourced from RMIT Archives, the National Gallery of Victoria, the State Library of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, and private collections, the exhibition showcases work by photographers and artists whose images have reflected the changing social landscape of Melbourne in the service of art, politics, news, entertainment, commerce, science and discovery.
While Australian photography has an established history that is well represented in major State museum, library and gallery collections, Photography 130 places the focus on the role of the teaching institution. RMIT University has provided skills and nurtured students who have gone on to contribute to the artistic, commercial and scientific culture of Australia.
Photography 130 seeks to respond to core questions about how the culture of RMIT as an institution has influenced the development of photographers in Melbourne and Australia.
Curator: Shane Hulbert
Artists and photographers including Pauline Anastasiou, Chris Barry, John Billan, Earl Carter, Peta Clancy, Lynton Crabb, Stuart Crossett, Heather Dinas, Greg Elms, Samantha Everton, Daniela Federici, Susan Fereday, Sue Ford, Jerry Galea, Mark Galer, Silvi Glattauer, John Gollings, Janina Green, Frank Guy, Ludovico Hart, Alan Hill & Kelly Hussey-Smith, Shane Hulbert, Richard Kendall, Bronek Kozka, Ian Lobb, Murray McKeich,Garry Moore, Steven Morton, Rebecca Najdowski, Harry Nankin, Phuong Ngo, John Noone, Bernie O’Regan, Jill Orr, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Polixeni Papapetrou, Hugh Peachey, Phred Petersen, Louis Petruccelli, Clare Rae, Kate Robertson, Linnea Rundgren, Lisa Saad, Rod Schaffer, Sam Shmith, Matthew Sleeth, Glenn Sloggett, Gale Spring, John Story, Darren Sylvester, Alex Syndikas, Henry Talbot, Christian Thompson, Heidi Victoria, Jens Waldenmaier, Lyndal Walker, Les Walkling, Michael Wennrich, Ellie Young, Joel Zika.
EXHIBITION: UNDER THE SUN: REIMAGINING MAX DUPAIN’S SUNBAKER
For this large-scale exhibition, Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, ACP has invited 15 artists to create new works in response to the iconic Sunbaker by revered Australian photographer Max Dupain.
Through a diverse range of immersive and thought-provoking works, the exhibition explores views of our culture, our identity and our nationhood. Reflecting Australia’s multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-faith nature, this audacious exhibition enables a creative and often very personal exploration of the question ‘is there something new under the sun?’
The 15 artists not only interrogate the social and political implications embedded within this image but also challenge the status of this photograph in our visual culture. Pushing the boundaries of the photographic medium, their works will expose the aesthetical complexities at play in discussions around collective identity.
Examining the legacy of the past and questioning the relevance that this image might retain in the future, the project draws on a range of diverse practitioners and creative forms to consider questions of representation and cultural pluralism while also reflecting on the depiction of the idealised body, discussing gender issues, cultural and political ideas relating to immigration and colonisation, and our relationship with the land.
The exhibition features new works by Peta Clancy, Christopher Day, Destiny Deacon, Michaela Gleave, Nasim Nasr, Sara Oscar, Julie Rrap, Khaled Sabsabi, Yhonnie Scarce, Christian Thompson, Angela Tiatia, Kawita Vatanajyankur, Daniel Von Sturmer, Justene Williams and William Yang.
18 February – 17 April 2017
State Library of NSW, Sydney
6 May – 6 August 2017
Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne
An online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness.
The Body is a Big Place (interview with Peta Clancy)
An image from ‘Visible Human Bodies’ is featured on the BBC website in an article about bacteria and the human body:
‘Cutting Edge’ at Monash Gallery of Art 26 November 2015 – 21 February, 2016.
Review on Art Blart by Dr Marcus Bunyan
The work that I thought should have won was Peta Clancy’s She carries it all like a map on her skin (2014-15). I have always liked Clancy’s work for there is so much sensitivity to subject matter embedded in her work. Clancy probes the boundaries of the photograph and the skin through punctures made using a fine silver needle to create a lace-like effect or ‘internalised landscape’ which is visible from both the emulsion and non-emulsion sides of the print. She then re-photographs the photograph and punctures the print again, the print becoming a palimpsest of punctures, of wounds, of the journey of life (with the needles link to woman’s work and the lips relation to desire). The installation of the work then emphasises the physicality of the print, Clancy “activating the materiality of the photographic medium by exploring photographs in terms of what the image content depicts as well as three-dimensional objects that exist in space and time.” Such a wonderfully tactile, sensual and conceptual work of negative/positive, presence/absence that kept drawing me back to hidden worlds.
Cutting edge: 21st-century photography
26 November 2015 – 21 February 2016
Monash Gallery of Art
Photography has become very crafty in the 21st century. This exhibition features the work of contemporary artists who disrupt the seamless uniformity of screen-based photography by cutting, pinning, folding and puncturing photographic prints. Participants include Danica Chappell, Peta Clancy, Vivian Cooper Smith, Eliza Hutchison, Justine Khamara, Paul Knight, Derek Kreckler, Luke Parker, Emidio Puglielli, David Rosetzky, Martin Smith and James Tylor.
The 2015 Banyule Award Works On Paper
14 October – 12 December 2015
Hatch Contemporary Arts Space – 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe, VIC
Finalist William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2015
LUMA La Trobe University Museum of Art
VAC | Visual Art Centre, Bendigo, 3 June to 18 July 2015
Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University, 27 January to 26 March 2016 (exact dates to be confirmed)
Art Smitten Radio Interview
Culture Trip, ‘The 10 Best Australian Photographers You Should Know’
Two of a Kind
Bundoora Homestead Art Centre
Linden Projects – Paper
Linden New Art