Exhibition: New Passports, New Photography


Art Gallery of Western Australia. Perth
until 8 February 2015

new passports, new photography is a celebration of the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary photography around the theme of portraiture. It brings together over one hundred works – the majority of which are yet to be displayed – that explore how photographers use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.

The exhibition includes several major newly acquired works by Australian Anne Zahalka. Zahalka draws from the history of painting to create tableaux compositions that evidence how identities emerge through layers of social and cultural intervention. In a similar vein, Bindi Cole, Tony Alberts, Darren Siwes, and Fiona Foley’s works play with and critique constructed representations of Indigenous Australians in a colonial culture.

Landscape has the capacity to shape not only experience, but also the representation of self. Brad Rimmer’s Silence captures this idea in a 32 image series depicting individuals living in the Western Australian wheat-belt.

Young artist Jackson Eaton’s Better half series explores complex relationships between himself, his ex-girlfriend, father and his step-mother. In a similar tone is American photographer Stephen Shore’s incredibly beautiful self-portrait from 1976. It pictures Shore taking a photo of himself from bed in a scrappy New York apartment between the road trips that made him famous.

new passports, new photography ranges from soft, personal imagery to strong and powerful statements, from the intimate to the deeply political. It represents some of the ways identity is represented and self is shaped through this most accessible yet most challenging of contemporary art-forms.

Photograph reproduced here;

Anne Zahalka The bathers 1989

chromogenic photograph, 74 x 90 cm

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased 2013

More info at Art Gallery of Western Australia