Giles Fielke
Anne Ferran: White Against Red

Anne Ferran, White Against Red

Sutton Gallery 13 October – 10 November 2018

By Giles Fielke

Six large photographs of the dancer and choreographer Ervi Sirén hang from metal brackets near the ceiling of Sutton gallery. Like banners they are suspended in the bright space of the old C.V. Fashions building in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. They are all the same size and weighted by heavy dowels sewn into the ends of the canvas bolts onto which the images have been printed. Sirén wraps herself in...

Tim Alves
John Stezaker: Lost World

John Stezaker: Lost World

Centre for Contemporary Photography, 21 September – 11 November 2018

By Tim Alves

John Stezaker's collage entitled Mask (Film Portrait Collage) CLXXIII, 2014, comprises only two elements, a pair of found photographs: a smiling 1940s Hollywood publicity portrait and a picture postcard depicting a stone bridge at Killarney, Ireland, from perhaps sometime between the wars. The postcard is simply pasted over the Hollywood actor's visage, but it's deceptively simple....

Hester Lyon
Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth

Architecture Makes Us: Cinematic Visions of Sonia Leber and David Chesworth

Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 27 July – 9 September 2018

By Hester Lyon

When the scaffolding of Sean Godsell's Design Hub was removed earlier this year, I felt a distinct sense of disorientation. As a familiar building, my relationship to it felt suddenly and unfairly disrupted by the rectification of its original form. I'd become comfortable in the scaffolding, gesturing out onto the footpath: a...

Kate Warren
Andrea Grützner: Tanztee and Erbgericht

Andrea Grützner Tanztee and Erbgericht

Centre for Contemporary Photography, 9 June – 23 July 2017

By Kate Warren

Writing in Artforum in 2004, Abigail Solomon-Godeau described the 'miniature guillotine' of the camera's shutter. The camera slices a moment in time from the world, removing it from its original context, but also potentially relaunching it as a new, transformed event. In Andrea Grützner's current exhibition at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, the German artist has foc...

Beth Kearney
Bill Henson

Insistently Henson

Bill Henson

National Gallery of Victoria, St Kilda Road, 10 March – 27 August 2017

By Beth Kearney

Even now, it is difficult to visit a Bill Henson exhibition without being burdened by the controversy that occurred at Roslyn Oxley9 just less than nine years ago. Stylistically, however, Henson has not changed his tack: the exhibition Bill Henson, part of the NGV’s Festival of Photography, is yet another rearticulation of his most recognisable qualities as an artist.

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