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"Four Projects to Open in August"
2002-08-16 until 2002-09-14
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Fitzroy, VI, AU

The Centre for Contemporary Photography opens four exhibits for their August/September program. Centre for Contemporary Photography, a publicly funded gallery which promotes photo-based art and its interconnections with wider art practices, life and ideas. Modus Operandi, a joint exhibition by Ryszard Dabek and Anne Kay, will be in Gallery 1. There are many paths circumnavigating the role of museology in cultural production; they provide ethnographic clues and leaking traces - Alex Rizkalla explores this in In A to Z of Health and Wealth, showing in Gallery 2. David Van Royen presents Him Self, a vision of manhood in Project Space. All the Three Letter Words in the English Language is a humorous digital work by Anthony Hunt being shown e-Media Gallery.

Modus Operandi
Ryszard Dabek and Anne Kay
Gallery 1

Modus Operandi is a joint exhibition by Ryszard Dabek and Anne Kay. Two distinct bodies of photographic work (26 bus stops & Beige and Brown Customs) have been brought together to generate a complex discourse of inter-relatedness and difference based on aesthetic, social, political and economic concerns. Anne Kay's Beige and Brown Customs (2001) were produced in Los Angeles, where the activity of photographing became a way of recording and processing what was different and new. Ryszard Dabek's 26 bus stops (1999/2002), were methodically photographed while travelling between the towns of Kosina and Solina in south east Poland, almost always from a moving vehicle.

Each series employs a documentary framework to deal with typologies of vehicles and modes of transport, a way of coming to terms with a place and its landscape; while the formal approaches employed in the two series of work are vastly different, each is borne of process.

See this exhibition online at www.ryszard.net Anne Kay acknowledges the generous support of the Samstag Program.

In A to Z of Health and Wealth
Alex Rizkalla
Gallery 2

There are many paths circumnavigating the role of museology in cultural production; they provide ethnographic clues and leaking traces. There are the sociological inquiries of the late Pierre Bourdieu into the roles of 'capital' as a type of knowledge system. There is James Clifford's notion of the 'art-culture' system that reframes modes of Western subjectivity and thus the postcolonial museums of the future. In A to Z of Health and Wealth, Alex Rizkalla begins at the socio-political model of the Medical Museum as a fecund site in questioning the roles of cultural, social and economic capital. Through a plethora of sequence projections fusing image and text within various temporal moments, Rizkalla provides an ethnographic terrain in which the museum itself transforms into its own tourist. (Larissa Hjorth)

Him Self
David Van Royen
Project Space

He's somewhere between twenty-five and thirty-something. He has reached MANHOOD. His rites of passage? Education, car ownership, the soul searching experience of travel.

But isn't manhood the everyday exercise of responsiblity?

As our lives grow older, spare time dissolves. There are never enough minutes in a day to achieve all that is required. We are engaged in a constant stream of tasks, doing maintenance on our work and lives.

So where does the masculine identity reside in today's culture? What tools can we use to measure masculinity?

A moment. A pause in his day. A non- action which lets him slip out of present necessity and rest in the sub-conscious. Him self, unadulterated.

When asked what he does, his response is a silent pause

All the Three Letter Words in the English Language
Anthony Hunt
e-Media Gallery

Graduating in Fine Arts from RMIT in 1997, Anthony Hunt has since explored a wide variety of themes expressed through the media of sculpture, photography, digital media and installation. He has exhibited in group, solo and collaborative exhibitions at a number of galleries throughout Melbourne, including 1st Floor, Uplands and Gertrude contemporary art spaces where he was a studio artist between 1997-1999. Since that time, Anthony's practice has concentrated on incorporating computer-based work into his art practise. All the Three Letter Words in the English Language (2002) is the latest example of this approach, combining sound and text to create a humorous digital work.

Alex Rizkalla

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