Exchange Value brings together the works of 11 Australian and international photographers in an exhibition that offers rich and challenging insights into the world of documentary photography.
The collection explores close-up accounts of those on society’s fringes – skinhead subculture in 1970s London, poor Egyptian neighbourhoods during the Arab Spring, the sterile confines of a mental institution – as well as the photographers documenting them. As the relationship between photographer and subject becomes visible, so does the potential for greater possibilities in image making.
A special touring photography exhibition, In Focus, will be presented alongside Exchange Value. The Canada-based exhibition features a striking collection of photos taken by blind photographers.
Artists include Kim Guthrie (Qld), Raphaela Rosella (Qld), Gavin Watson (UK), Bieke Depoorter (Belgium), Simon Terrill (UK), Micky Allan (Vic), Leah King-Smith (Qld), Atong Atem (Vic), Patrick Pound (Vic), Kallena Kucers (Vic), Mick Richards (Brisbane).
Curated by Kevin Wilson.
Free opening weekend event: bit.ly/ArtistExchange
IMAGE: ‘Gavin WATSON. Neville and Gary up the local park,’ 1980. Black and white photograph on gloss paper. Courtesy of the artist.