(Image: James Tylor, Un-resettling (Hunting Kangaroo) (detail), 2014, hand-coloured inkjet print on photorag paper, 50.0 x 50.0cm)
PhotoAccess presents in the Huw Davies Gallery
Un-resettling by James Tylor
The Waves + Control Rooms by Chris Bennie
Opening 6pm Thursday 2 July 2015: To be opened by David Broker, Director Canberra Contemporary Art Space.
Exhibition dates 2-26 July 2015.
Artist talks: 12pm Saturday 4 July 2015.
Un-resettling | James Tylor
Presented through the PhotoAccess Indigenous Photomedia Artists Program, Adelaide-based artist James Tylor brings Un-resettling to the PhotoAccess Huw Davies Gallery following a recent showing at the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art in Darwin. Un-resettling probes the paradox of practicing traditional Indigenous culture in National parks, conservation parks and recreational bushland, where such action is often illegal. Depicting dwellings and interventions into the landscape through delicately hand-coloured photographs, Un-resettling poetically reintroduces the human presence into an Australian landscape which is tightly controlled and bureaucratically managed. Catalogue.
The Waves + Control Rooms | Chris Bennie
Chris Bennie’s The Waves + Control Rooms was developed during an Asialink residency at Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo, and first exhibited there last year. In these works, Gold Coast-based Bennie explores the tragic aftermath of major disasters. The Waves is a series of photographic works in response to the 2011 Great East Japan Tsunami, which attempt to comprehend their almost mythic destructive power. Control Rooms is a projected video work based on the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Composed of layered images of antiquated nuclear control plants, Control Rooms considers the absurdity of systems capable of harnessing awesome power and unleashing incomprehensible catastrophe. Catalogue.
Chris Bennie also features in the exhibition Innerspace, curated by David Broker and showing at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Gorman Arts Centre, from 10 July – 15 August 2015. Chris Bennie’s visit to Canberra is supported in partnership with Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres’ Visiting Artists Program.
(Image: Chris Bennie, Control rooms, 2014, video with sound 20' 24", installation view at Youkobo Artspace, Tokyo, 2014)
(image: Arthur Lincoln (Lin) Richardson, [Protest at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Canberra], 1972, silver gelatin print. PhotoAccess collection.)
A 2015 PhotoAccess members' exhibition
Our next members’ exhibition aims to pack a punch! PhotoACTIVISM will showcase photography as a persuasive and passionate medium. Photography can change perspectives, illuminate hidden truths, and challenge expectations. For our final members’ exhibition for 2015, we are calling for powerful images and images with intent.
PhotoACTIVISM aims to show works that make political or social statements, communicate important human experiences, prompt us to action, or activate our senses. Making our lived histories, stories and ideas visible.
PhotoAccess was established in 1984 as a community organisation providing affordable and accessible facilities and encouraging the use of photography to achieve personal and political growth. It is with this in mind that we invite new and existing members to creatively address the theme, PhotoACTIVISM, through photography and photo-based art.
In the lead-up to PhotoACTIVISM, we encourage members to take advantage of courses and workshops. A full list is available online here. Working on film? Take advantage of our darkroom subscriptions and free access days, details available here.
PhotoACTIVISM will run from 24 September to 18 October 2015. Completed online entry forms and a payment of $30 are due by Friday 4 September 2015. Click here to enter.