Image: (untitled) Italy, 1930s black and white photograph. Unknown photographer
Paola Anselmi is a visual arts writer and curator, currently completing her PhD at the University of Western Australia. Her talk explores photography as a complex galaxy of interconnected movements and relational processes, ideas and philosophies. Paola will also discuss the self in photography, one that assumes a particular narrative angle.
Photography; a heuristic enquiry…of sorts.
One small black and white photograph kept in a little plastic sleeve for over 30 years. Something was different about this photo. Unlike all the others pictures jostling for a space in a cramped tin biscuit box, this one was kept aside, in a draw. I was about 9 and spent hours looking at old photos. There were many from three generations ranging from typically unfaltering family portraits to machinery, rice fields, workers. Almost every image was calculated, seemed reasoned, purposeful, except this one.
This one was candid, observational, chanced in a single click. This one was honest, this one felt ‘real’. It arrived in a small envelope in the 1930s, without a sender, without a note.
This solo show was opened by *Duncan Ord on the 17th May 2015. Works were exhibited from the 6th May, and extended until June 4th. The exhibition showcased new paintings and a new premise for the three-dimensional works, a ‘sculptural exchange’ that saw collaborative sculptural works produced with selected artists (given a solid 30cm cube of laminated aircraft-grade plywood to respond to).
The idea behind the sculptural exchange was to further the premise of a handing-over process, where the artist invites an instability as part of a working methodology. Instead of employing a traditional approach in creating three-dimensional works for the show, a 30cm ply cube was given to 9 artists to respond to; Simon Gilby, Bevan Honey, Angela McHarrie, Anna Louise Richardson, Shannon Lyons, Olga Cironis, Sam Fox, Ben Kovacsy and Tom Freeman. Their response to the block of timber completes the dialogue in this collaborative exchange.
*Duncan Ord is acting director general of the Department of Arts and Culture in Western Australia.
Studio night is held every sixth Thursday, from 9pm+ at 64 Crawford Rd Maylands (rear). Guest speakers are invited to speak on a subject of their choice – please feel free to bring friends (BYO drinks please)