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

Cost: Free

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.

http://www.rmit.edu.au/events/all-events/exhibitions/2017/march/photography-130

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EXHIBITION: UNDER THE SUN: REIMAGINING MAX DUPAIN’S SUNBAKER

AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY (ACP)

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.

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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.

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

18 February – 17 April 2017

State Library of NSW, Sydney

http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/under-sun-reimagining-max-dupains-sunbaker

6 May – 6 August 2017

Monash Gallery of Art, Wheelers Hill, Melbourne

http://www.mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/208

EXHIBITION GUIDE:

https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1455/7586/files/ACP_UTSGalleryGuideWebSm.pdf?16294619663962517683

MEDIA:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2017/feb/08/artists-respond-to-max-dupains-sunbaker-photograph-in-pictures

http://www.thecultureconcept.com/under-the-sun-reimagining-max-dupains-sunbaker-nsw-library

http://www.vogue.com.au/vogue+living/arts/galleries/first+look+see+max+dupains+iconic+sunbaker+reimagined+by+15+contemporary+artists,41441

http://artdaily.com/news/93910/15-commissioned-artists-respond-to-Max-Dupain-s-Sunbaker-#.WMDZyBKGPBI

http://newscdn.newsrep.net/h5/nrshare.html?r=3&lan=en_US&pid=14&id=qP9176160T1_us&app_lan=&mcc=00…&declared_lan=&pubaccount=ocms_0&showall=1

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INTERALIA MAGAZINE

An online magazine dedicated to the interactions between the arts, sciences and consciousness.

The Body is a Big Place (interview with Peta Clancy)

http://www.interaliamag.org/interviews/peta-clancy-the-body-is-a-big-place/

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BBC iWonder

An image from ‘Visible Human Bodies’ is featured on the BBC website in an article about bacteria and the human body:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/zgrcdmn

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‘Cutting Edge’ at Monash Gallery of Art  26 November 2015 – 21 February, 2016.

www.mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/191

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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.

http://artblart.com/2015/11/16/review-william-and-winifred-bowness-photography-prize-at-the-monash-gallery-of-art-melbourne/

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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.

http://www.mga.org.au/exhibition/view/exhibition/191

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The 2015 Banyule Award Works On Paper

14 October – 12 December 2015

Hatch Contemporary Arts Space – 14 Ivanhoe Parade, Ivanhoe, VIC

http://www.banyule.vic.gov.au/Arts-and-Events/The-2015-Banyule-Award-Works-on-Paper

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https://theconversation.com/the-science-and-fiction-behind-blade-runner-46459

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Finalist William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2015

http://www.mga.org.au/bowness-prize/2015-info

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Elsevier

http://www.elsevier.com/connect/forget-paint-bacteria-can-bring-art-to-life-literally

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Yellowtrace

http://www.yellowtrace.com.au/category/art/

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Octoroon

Download Catalogue

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/640218/OCTOROON_e-catalogue.pdf

LUMA La Trobe University Museum of Art

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/luma

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)

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/vac/exhibitions/one-details?queries_title_query=Octoroon&queries_gallery_query=Gallery%20One

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Art Smitten Radio Interview  

http://syn.org.au/interview-visual-artists-peta-clancy-becc-orszag

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Culture Trip, ‘The 10 Best Australian Photographers You Should Know’

http://theculturetrip.com/pacific/australia/articles/the-10-best-australian-photographers-you-should-know/

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Two of a Kind

Bundoora Homestead Art Centre

http://www.bundoorahomestead.com

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Linden Projects – Paper

Linden New Art

http://lindenarts.org

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‘Visible Human Bodies′ featured on the cover of The Hastings Centre Report November-December issue 2014

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http://www.thehastingscenter.org/

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‘Horizons’ exhibition poster on the 86 Tram, Melbourne

‘Lips 2’ from the series ‘She carries it all like a map on her skin’ featured on the ‘Horizons’ exhibition poster displayed on the 86 tram in Melbourne during June and July 2014.
‘Horizons’ exhibition at Bundoora Homestead Art Centre, June 25 – August 3, 2014.
http://www.bundoorahomestead.com/exhibition/horizons/
Horizons poster on 86 Tram, June-July 2014

Horizons poster on 86 Tram, June-July 2014

Horizons poster on 86 Tram, June-July 2014

Horizons poster on 86 Tram, June-July 2014

 

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‘Horizons’

BUNDOORA HOMESTEAD ART CENTRE

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‘Horizons’ – What does it mean to be a particular colour, race, sexuality or age in contemporary culture. ‘Horizons’ presents a selection of work from Victorian Indigenous artists Peta Clancy, Bindi Cole, Elizabeth Liddle, Steaphon Paton, Steven Rhall and Peter Waples-Crowe. Mixed media and photographic imagery explore the themes of identity, hybridity, gender and race. Explorations of the body, skin, family, ceremony and symbology culminate in this thought provoking exhibition.

‘Horizons’ is presented by Bundoora Homestead Art Centre and the City of Darebin in acknowledgement of NAIDOC Week July 6 – 13, 2014.

http://www.bundoorahomestead.com/

 ‘Out of Place 1’, Archival pigment print, 2014, height 79cm, width 63cm

‘Out of Place 1’, framed archival pigment print, 2014, height 79cm, width 63cm

 ‘Out of Place 2’, Framed archival pigment print, 2014, height 79cm, width 63cm

‘Out of Place 2’, framed archival pigment print, 2014, height 79cm, width 63cm

 ‘Out of Place 3’, framed archival pigment print, 2014, height 79cm, width 63cm

‘Out of Place 3’, framed archival pigment print, 2014, height 79cm, width 63cm

Study for ‘Out of Place’, archival pigment print, 2014, height 35cm, width 50cm

Study for ‘Out of Place’, archival pigment print, 2014, height 35cm, width 50cm

 

Artist Statement – ‘Out of Place’ was created during a period of research at Museum Victoria’s Entomology Department. I studied threatened Australian moth and butterfly specimens, I became acutely aware that each specimen had been displaced from the habitat where they had been originally captured alive. Visiting a number of the capture sites I realised that many of the insect species would most likely not exist at the sites due to land clearance and disturbance. ‘Out of Place’ was initially informed by these experiences along with an interest in exploring the themes of displacement, connection to place, the alteration of the Australian landscape as a consequence of colonisation, and the cultural significance of soil in Australian history. The photographs titled ‘Out of Place’ reference both landscape and constructed still life photographic traditions. They feature constructions created in my studio photographed during hour-long exposures using a torch to literally draw with light to illuminate the scenes. The subject matter is created using material, soil and plant matter, collected from the capture sites. By including the material collected from the capture sites I aim to metaphorically return the insects to their original habitats, that is back to the place from whence they came.

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Recent Acquisition

MONASH GALLERY OF ART

The unique print  ‘Lips’ from the series ‘Puncture’ has been acquired for the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) collection

http://www.mga.org.au/collection

‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

Detail, ‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

Detail, ‘Lips’, from the series ‘Puncture’, 2014, Type-C Photograph, clear acrylic frame and bracket, screws, 58 x 82.5 x 3.5cm

 

Artist Statement ‘A photograph is a three dimensional thing, not only a two-dimensional image. As such, photographs exist materially in the world, as chemical deposits on paper’. (J. Lecthe, Beyond the Ontology of the Image? http://eitherand.org/photographys-new-materiality/beyond-ontology-image/ accessed 1 April 2014)

‘Puncture’ explores the fragile, transformative and resilient qualities of paper. Created using a process that involves reworking photographic prints with a fine needle. Thousands of tiny pinpricks painstakingly applied through the surface of paper form beautiful embroidered patterns that are visible on both the front and the back of the print. When viewed from the emulsion / image side, light visibly bleeds through the fine holes in the paper. When viewed from the non-emulsion / white side of the print, finely detailed upraised embossed patterns, tracing the details in the photographic image on the other side, are visible. The embossing highlights the tactile and material qualities of the paper and the photograph. Instead of threatening the integrity of the paper, the patterns and markings, created through the process of piercing the paper, magically reveal the resilient, generative and transformative properties of paper.

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Slide Night #3 – at Strange Neighbour

On 28th March 2014 I presented 3 slide works at Slide Night #3 – at Strange Neighbour. Slide Night is an experimental project that showcases 3 slides each by 7 invited artists within a slide night format.

http://www.slidenights.com/slide-nights/slide-night-3/

 

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People’s Choice Award – 2013 Darebin Art Show + Artwork Acquisition for City of Darebin Art Collection

BUNDOORA HOMESTEAD ART CENTRE

Peta Clancy has been awarded the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 Darebin Art Show at the Bundoora Homestead Art Centre. Presented by the City of Darebin, the art show celebrates the creative talent of Darebin’s artistic community. In addition to this award Peta’s artwork ‘Shadowy Land 8 & 9’ (diptych) has been acquired for the City of Darebin Art Collection.

'Shadowy Land 9', From 'The Aurelian Project', 2013, Framed archival pigment print, 60 x 45cm

‘Shadowy Land 9’, From ‘The Aurelian Project’, 2013, Framed archival pigment print, 60 x 45cm

'Shadowy Land 8', From 'The Aurelian Project', 2013, Framed archival pigment print, 60 x 45cm

‘Shadowy Land 8’, From ‘The Aurelian Project’, 2013, Framed archival pigment print, 60 x 45cm

http://www.bundoorahomestead.com/whats-on/darebin-art-show/

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The Body is a Big Place

NATIONAL TAIWAN MUSEUM OF FINE ART

Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor have been invited to exhibit The Body is a Big Place at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art in Taichung as part of the TEA/Super-Connect. They will exhibit the 5-channel video projection and heart perfusion device.

www.ntmofa.gov.tw

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Aftermath

POWERHOUSE MUSEUM, SYDNEY

Work-in-development for new collaborative work by Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor, Aftermath, will be on exhibition as part of ISEA2013 (International Symposium of Electronic Art), Sydney. The video work will exhibited in the exhibition Synapse: A Selection at the Powerhouse Museum, Ultimo, from Saturday 8 June to Sunday 14 July 2013.

www.isea2013.org/events/synapse/

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The Body is a Big Place

GALERIJA KAPELICA, SLOVENIA

The Body is a Big Place collaborative project by Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor is being exhibited at Galerija Kapelica in Ljubljana, Slovenia, from 20-31 May 2013. The exhibition opened with a newly developed version of the pig hearts performance, realised in collaboration with Ljubljana pharmacologist Gorazd Drevensek. The performance exceeded expectations, with one of the hearts continuing to beat for 20 hours. Galerija Kapelica has been at the forefront of performance and bioart practice for 2 decades under the directorship of Jurij Krpan.

www.kapelica.org

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