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"Parallel Worlds: Works by Lisa Crowley, Megan Dunn, Sean kerr, Maddie Leach, Ella Bella Moonshine Reed, Jono Rotman"
2001-04-27 until 2001-05-06
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Fitzroy, VI, AU

Parallel Worlds is the first component of the Co-Existenz Australia/New Zealand Cultural Exchange between the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne and the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand. Curated by Adam Art Gallery Director Zara Stanhope, Parallel Worlds features the work of six New Zealand photo, digital and film-based artists.

Their practices reflect a look both outwards to mass media and popular visual information and inward to subjects and ideas of personal and idiosyncratic interest. These new works implying seemingly objective representations or popular archetypes and comic imagery belie underlying poignant and emotive sentiments. Works that appear alarmingly straightforward, reveal with closer scrutiny, creative investigations into experience, relationships and histories of personal and national importance.      

CROWLEY employs large-scale images and seductive subject matter to dislocate the viewer and complicate the experience of belonging in the world. DUNN is preoccupied by the televisual world and her videos montage joyous Disney moments with iconic rock/pop soundtracks to interrupt the clichéd fairytale with contemporary messages. KERR abuses the normal presentation and reception of sound and image in his multimedia installations and performances. LEACH's new body of photographs featuring deserted pools and professional skaters is indicative of her interest in the overlap between public and private operations of these sites and performances. REED employs a range of photomedia in pursuit of her interests in the operation of imagery, painting and representation in her life. ROTMAN exhibits images from his extensive investigation into the architectural spaces, and associated social and cultural issues, of a burgeoning range of operating and disused penitentiaries.

IMAGE:
Maddie Leach


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