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MGA exhibition launch: Dutch Masters, Martin Parr and Polixeni Papapetrou
Sat. 22 October 2016, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm AEDT
MGA warmly invites you to attend our Spring Season exhibitions:
2pm Saturday 22 October 2016
Dutch masters of light will be opened by Nicoline van Cann, Trade Officer Economic Affairs of the Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sydney
Beyond Eden: Polixeni Papapetrou and Glamour stakes: Martin Parr will be opened by Naomi Cass, Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography
Please join us for an afternoon of exquisite food provided by Chumanchu@MGA and wine from our sponsors DeBortoli.
Dutch masters of light: Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf
This exhibition features work by the internationally acclaimed Dutch photographers, Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf. Inspired by the moody manipulation of light and shadow that characterises the paintings of Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, these photographers create emotionally charged portraits that draw attention to the liminal nature of contemporary life.
Dutch masters of light: Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf is part of a series of events that mark the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at Dirk Hartog Island, in the Shark Bay area.
pigment ink-jet print 62.5 x 50.0 cm
reproduction courtesy of the artist
Glamour stakes: Martin Parr
Magnum photographer Martin Parr has an international reputation as a photographer, filmmaker and curator. His series Luxury is comprised of images taken between 1993 and 2009 in multiple destinations around the world. While creating this series, Parr photographed what he describes as ‘situations where people are comfortable showing off their wealth’, such as art fairs, car shows and horse races. The images in this series are indicative of Parr’s practice in that they document leisure and consumption and highlight the unintentional, awkward and often ugly sides of beauty, fashion and wealth.
Glamour stakes: Martin Parr shows a selection of works from Parr’s Luxury series and focuses specifically on his images of horse racing events around the world. The majority of works in this exhibition were taken at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in 2008.
Australia, Melbourne 2008
from the series Luxury
pigment ink-jet print 50.8 x 76.2 cm
reproduction courtesy of the artist and Niagara Galleries (Melbourne)
Beyond Eden: Polixeni Papapetrou
Polixeni Papapetrou’s 30-year photographic career has seen her explore a variety of subjects. These have ranged from her early documentary-style portraits of drag queens, body builders and Elvis fans through to staged portraits of her children dressed in masks and costumes in front of real and imaginary backgrounds.
This exhibition brings together three recent series by Papapetrou: Lost psyche (2014), It’s all about me (2016) and Eden (2016). Each of these studio-based series explores concerns that have long been central to her practice, including role-play, performance and identity, as well as the history of art, mythology and religion. Furthermore, the works in this exhibition focus on Papapetrou’s explorations of the transitional stages of life, particularly the loss (and persistence) of childhood.
from the series Eden
pigment ink-jet print 127.0 x 85.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Stills Gallery (Sydney)
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