February 28, 2014

Friday Round Up - 28 February, 2014

This week on Friday Round Up Melbourne Now’s Photobook Day, a new group show opens in Fitzroy, refugee advocate Julian Burnside launches new publication on Nauru, plus Bill Henson’s artist talk at MGA. In Sydney Patricia Casey’s Little Secrets exhibition to open next week, and in The Netherlands Noorderlicht Photofestival calls for submissions for its 2014 theme.

Exhibition: Melbourne
From Above – Group Show

Papua New Guinea (C) John Gollings 1973-1974

Papua New Guinea (C) John Gollings 1973-1974

Kicking off its 2014 calendar of exhibitions is a group show at Fitzroy’s Colour Factory opening next week. “From Above” features a diverse range of works from an equally diverse group of photographers including John Gollings. Renowned as one of the world’s leading architecture photographers, in this exhibition Gollings has chosen to showcase photographs taken in Papua New Guinea in the 1970s, further demonstrating the breadth of his oeuvre.

Also participating in the show are Marzena Wasikowska, Sean Fennessy, Chris Budgeon, John Laurie, Sarah Pannell and Eriver Hijano. 

(C) Sean Fennessy Intersection of Yeongdong-daero & Tehran-ro, Seoul, 2009  

(C) Sarah Pannell, Year of the Snake, 2013
(C) John Laurie, Tavern Beach, St Mawkes (UK), 2013
(C) Chris Budgeon, Untitled 1, 2012

(C) Eriver Hijano, Grand Canyon, 2013

(C) Marzena Wasikowska, Journey reluctantly taken, part 2, image 1

From Above
6-29 March
Colour Factory
409-429 Gore Street
Fitzroy (Melbourne)

John Gollings website 
Colour Factory website 

Exhibition: Sydney
Patricia Casey – Little Secrets

In “Little Secrets” Sydney-based photographic artist Patricia Casey has intricately woven landscape and portrait photography with detailed embroidery to create images that are not only physically multi-layered, but also allegorically.

Within each frame Casey invokes a world where memory, nature and fantasy reside inviting the viewer to ponder their own secrets, and to drift into the realm of imagination.

“Everyone has their little secrets,” says Casey. “Sometimes these little secrets are pleasurable, sometimes not, and this series of works is a meditation on that theme.” 

All images (C) Patricia Casey

Little Secrets
4-22 March
NG Art Gallery
3 Little Queen Street
Chippendale (Sydney)

Patricia Casey website

Book Launch: Melbourne
Kelvin Skewes – Nauru: What was Taken and What was Given

Leading refugee advocate Julian Burnside AO QC will officially launch a new publication by Melbourne photographer Kelvin Skewes – Nauru: What was Taken and What was Given – at the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive on Saturday 1st March.

The island nation of Nauru, in Micronesia, is the world’s smallest republic. Many Australians know Nauru as an offshore processing centre for asylum seekers under Australia’s Pacific Solution policy; a continual source of contention and debate within Australia.

With its very survival reliant on financial aid from other nations Skews says, "Nauru is a microcosm that allows us to examine questions about extraction industries, the viability of the nation state, 20th century colonialism, 21st century paternalism, as well as our translational and intergenerational responsibilities". 

His publication, which is in newspaper format, will be available for sale on the day.

(C) All images Kelvin Skewes

Saturday 1st March
Asia Pacific Photobook Archive
395-397 Gore Street
Fitzroy (Melbourne)

Asia Pacific Photobook Archive

Photobook Day: Melbourne
Melbourne Now – NGV International

As part of the exhibition Melbourne Now a “photobook day” will be held on 7 March featuring a selection of books from the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet more than 30 local photographers who will be on hand to talk about their work along with publishers, printers and editors. There will also be photobook-making workshops that are free to attend. Photographers are also invited to donate a copy of their photobooks to the Archive.

Friday 7th March
NGV International – Community Hall
180 St. Kilda Road

Melbourne Now at NGV

Curator Talk:
Bill Henson – Monash Gallery of Art

(C) Norman Lindsay Archive

This Saturday Bill Henson will take visitors through the exhibition “Wildcards: Bill Henson Shuffles the Deck” the first Australian exhibition Henson has curated. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from one of Australia’s greatest photographers and one of the most erudite people I’ve ever had the pleasure to interview. This is a truly fantastic exhibition. If you can’t make the talk, you have until March 30 to see this show.

Places are limited and bookings essential.
Monash Gallery of Art – 03 8544 0500
2pm Saturday 1st March

Festival: Call for Submissions
Noorderlicht Photo Festival

Noorderlicht 2013 (C) Alison Stieven-Taylor

The theme for this year's main exhibition at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival is "An Ocean of Possibilities". The intention of this theme is to "turn the spotlight on people who plot their own course. They may be individuals, small communities, businesses that think in terms of sustainability, or social enterprises. Whatever their form, they set out to realise a better future, not only for themselves, but also for others, even if that means an uncertain outlook".

This exhibition will be on show simultaneously during the Noorderlicht 2014 International Photofestival and also at the Singapore International Photofestival 2014. It's a great opportunity to gain international exposure so get your submission in before 30 March.

For more information visit the Noorderlicht Photofestival website

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