March 20, 2015

Friday Round Up - 20 March, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up an interview with Russian photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva, Asher Milgate's Survivors, the Photograph and Australia (AGNSW), Earthmatters (MGA), Inspiration by Design (SLV) and Derryn Tal at Stanley Street.

Evgenia Arbugaeva 

(C) Evgenia Arbugaeva - Weather Man

The remote reaches of our planet hold fascination for many. From the comfort of our heated homes we harbour romanticised views of explorers and scientists working in fantastical locations like the Arctic. With the Northern Lights dancing across the sky, endless plains of snow and ice and darkness descending for half the year, nature paints a thrilling canvas that allows the imagination to soar.

(C) Evgenia Arbugaeva - Weather Man

(C) Evgenia Arbugaeva - Weather Man
Photographer Evgenia Arbugaeva knows this canvas well. She grew up in Tiksi in the Republic of Yakutia, a northern Russian seaport located on the coast of the Laptev Sea. Her father, a breeder of rare Eastern Siberian Huskies, invested in his children a love of nature and adventure, a spirit that today informs her choices on what to photograph...(to read the full interview and see more pictures please click on the Feature Articles link at the top of the blog).

Evgenia Arbugaeva's Weather Man is currently showing in Paris at In Camera Gallery until 14 April, 2015 and will also feature in this year's Photo de Mer Festival in France 3 April to 3 May. 



Asher Milgate - SURVIVORS

Aunty Joyce
This exhibition of recorded oral histories and black and white portraits features the Elders and Elders-in-waiting who grew up on the Nanima Mission in Wellington, 350km west from Sydney at the junction of the Macquarie and Bell Rivers.

Photographer Asher Milgate, who was born in Wellington,  says he returned to his home town after living in Sydney with a new perspective on his local community. Turning his focus to the importance of documenting the history of the area's Indigenous people, Milgate has created an invaluable resource that will serve generations to come. 

Milgate says, “This project has humbled me a lot. I am a white Australian and I grew up amongst these people and in this place. I couldn’t see things clearly as a child, but now as an adult I have more perspective. I went to school and played football with many of the grandsons and sons of the people I interviewed. They are my friends. This gave me some confidence to contact the people I interviewed for this project. I wanted to record and share their stories”.

“Being a local non-Indigenous person and being granted the permission and acceptance to work so closely with the community to produce a work of this kind, I believe is the start of reconciliation in our community. A grass roots development that I hope will bring together our whole community by creating understanding, respect and acceptance.”

Denise Kelly

Neville Brown

Paul West

Uncle Billy Lou

Wayne Carr

Milgate hopes Survivors will “help retain Indigenous oral history…My work seeks to preserve the beliefs of these great people, their legends and traditions”.

Until 10 May 2015
Western Plains Cultural Centre
Dubbo, NSW (393km west of Sydney)
(C) All images Asher Milgate


The Photograph and Australia

Olive Cotton, Only to taste the warmth, the light, the wind c1939

At a time when photography is ubiquitous, a new exhibition The Photograph and Australia at the Art Gallery of NSW, gives us an opportunity to look at the medium’s evolution in this country and how photography has shaped our historical narrative. Images date from 1840s to now, with 400 photographs, and more than 120 artists including Morton Allport, Richard Daintree, Paul Foelsche, Samuel Sweet, JJ Dwyer, Charles Bayliss, Frank Hurley, Harold Cazneaux, Olive Cotton, Max Dupain, Sue Ford, Carol Jerrems, Tracey Moffatt, Robyn Stacey, Ricky Maynard, Anne Ferran and Patrick Pound.

David Moore, Migrants arriving in Sydney 1966

Nicholas Claire, Fairy Scene at the Landslip Black's Spur, c1878

Mervyn Bishop, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam pours soil into the  
hands of traditional land owner Vincent Lingiari, Northern Territory 1975

Anne Zahalka, artist #13 (Rosemary Laing) 1990 from the series Artists

The Photograph and Australia
21 March - 8 June, 2015
Art Gallery of NSW



(C) Tony Hewitt

Part of Art+Climate=Change 2015, Earth matters: contemporary photographers in the landscape is an exhibition that features landscape photography by the likes of Anne Ferran, Silvi Glattauer, Siri Hayes, Harry Nankin, David Tatnall and Christian Thompson. There is also a new installation by Ninety Degrees Five, a collective of five Australian artists including Tony Hewitt, Peter Eastway and Les Walking.

(C) Les Walkling

(C) Peter Eastway

(C) Chris Laing

(C) ChristianThompson

Art+Climate=Change 2015 is a Melbourne-wide Festival comprising various art exhibitions, forums, and talks designed to engage the public in action on climate change.

On until 3 May, 2015
Monash Gallery of Art

Inspiration by Design: Word and Image

French photograph of Quant models 

This exhibition from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London celebrates five centuries of artistry in print and includes a selection of photography, graphic design, fashion, magazines and rare illustrated books. For the first time in Australia.

Fentons Hardships in the Camp
Yohji Yamamoto

China Pictorial magazine 1971

20 Mach to 15 June, 2015
State Library of Victoria


Derryn Tal - Reactions

Chemical Cocktail

Sydney abstract contemporary artist Derryn Tal’s latest exhibition Reactions is on at Stanley Street Gallery. Featuring mixed media works with photography and video, Tal says her focus is on the “discovery and orchestration of reactions between mediums”.

Orchestra of Alchemy 

Molecular Magic

Melting Moment

Until 11th April
Stanley Street Gallery
1/52-54 Stanley Street

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