Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – 30 July 2021

This week on Photojournalism Now: Friday Round Up – the group show Portrait of an Interior. Also, great news for Melburnians with Magnet securing the 2021 World Press Photo exhibition 2-22 September. In addition to the exhibition, there will be various events held around the topic of photojournalism. Watch this space and subscribe to Magnet for more info.

Exhibition:

Portrait of an Interior

This group show features the work of seven photographic artists selected from various bodies of work: Jessie Boylan, Dave Carswell, Ellen Dahl, Lisa Garland, Matthew Newton, Sarah Rhodes and Noah Thompson.

Stills from the video: The Smallest Measure 2021 (C) Jessie Boylan
In the Shadow of the Hills 2020 (C) Dave Carswell
Leo Kelly’s Bedroom 2020 (C) Dave Carswell

The show’s geographic draw is lutruwita/Tasmania and its central theme is informed by Mills’ theory of the sociological imagination, with photographic portraiture employed to convey “the connection between personal challenges and larger social issues.” 

After Ophelia 2021 (C) Sarah Rhodes from the series A Surrounded Beauty, 2018-present
Levitating 2021 (C) Sarah Rhodes from the series A Surrounded Beauty, 2018-present
Bones 2020 (C) Lisa Garland from the series Distil, 2019-present
My Brother on the Black Rocks 2019 (C) Lisa Garland from the series Distil, 2019-present
Untitled 2018 (C) Noah Thompson from the series Huon, 2018 – 2021
Regina 2018 (C) Noah Thompson from the series Huon, 2018 – 2021
Looking West On Albatross Island 2014 (C) Matthew Newton
Moonbird boy 2009 (C) Matthew Newton. “Mutton birds, also known as moonbirds, have been harvested by the Tasmanian Aboriginal people for hundreds of years. It is a time for the Aboriginal community to come together and connect with country. This portrait shows Shay Maynard carrying birds toward the processing hut on Big Dig Island in the Furneaux Group, Bass Strait.

In this context, the artists explore environmental issues such as mutton birding (above) and the extinction of the Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) as well as human conditions like schizophrenia to “portray individual and collective stories that reverberate beyond their frames, speaking to the symbiotic relationship between people, place and the non-human world.”

From the longterm project, Field Notes from the Edge #12 2020 (C) Ellen Dahl

22 July – 12 August 2021

Poimena Gallery, Launceston Grammar, 36 Button St, Mowbray, Launceston, Tasmania, 7250

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