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AGWA media
17 October 2014
Recent photography acquisitions go on display in new AGWA exhibition
Opens 15 November 2014 to 8 February 2015 | FREE

new passports, new photography is a celebration of the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary photography around the theme of portraiture. It brings together over one hundred works – the majority of which will be on display for the first time – which explore how photographers use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.

AGWA Director, Stefano Carboni, said, "The State Art Collection is an incredible and inspiring resource for both local and visiting audiences. So I am delighted that AGWA is delivering another vibrant and challenging display showcasing recently acquired works from the Collection. The diversity and unique nature of each of the photographs in this exhibition wonderfully reflects current photography practice in Australia and abroad."

Stefano went on to say, "The opening of our photographic showcase is a fitting complement to the closing weekend of the stunning Richard Avedon People photographic exhibition, which is an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. new passports, new photography strongly demonstrates AGWA’s focus and commitment to acquiring contemporary photographic works of art for our Collection.”

The exhibition is a considered combination of works by Western Australian, Australian and International artists and includes several major newly acquired works by Australian Anne Zahalka. "Zahalka draws from the history of painting to create tableaux compositions that evidence how identities emerge through layers of social and cultural intervention," commented Robert Cook, AGWA Curator of Contemporary International Art. He went on to state, "In a similar vein, Bindi Cole, Tony Albert, Darren Siwes, and Fiona Foley’s works play with and critique constructed representations of Indigenous Australians in a colonial culture."

Landscape has the capacity to shape not only experience, but also the representation of self. Brad Rimmer’s Silence captures this idea in a series depicting individuals living in the Western Australian wheat-belt.

Young artist Jackson Eaton’s Better half series warmly explores complex relationships between himself, his ex-girlfriend, father and his step-mother. American photographer Stephen Shore’s incredibly beautiful self-portrait from 1976 has a similar feel. It pictures Shore taking a photo of himself from bed in a scrappy New York apartment between the road trips that made him famous.

new passports, new photography ranges from soft, personal imagery to strong and powerful statements, from the intimate to the deeply political. It represents some of the ways identity is represented and self is shaped through this most accessible yet most challenging of contemporary art-forms.

GUIDED TOURS: Photography and portraiture
11am & 1pm, Sun 23 & 30, Nov
11am & 1pm, Sundays in Dec (tours end Dec 22 for 2014)

CONNECT: @ArtGalleryWA | #newpassports

Pilar Mata Dupont + Tarryn Gill | Petrina Hicks | Graham Miller | Max Pam | Connie Petrillo | Brad Rimmer | Toni Wilkinson

Tony Albert | Pat Brassington | Bindi Cole | Michael Cook | Jackson Eaton | Anne Ferran | Fiona Foley | Gary Lee | Conor O’Brien | Trent Parke | Darren Siwes | Darren Sylvester | Anne Zahalka
Roe Ethridge | Viviane Sassen | Stephen Shore

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Petrina Hicks Emily the strange 2011. Lightjet print, 100 x 98 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. © Petrina Hicks, 2011 Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery. Anne Zahalka The bathers 1989. C type photograph, 74 x 90 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased 2013. Tony Albert No place 1 2009. Chromogenic print on paper, 80 x 80.1 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Gift of the Artist, 2010.
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