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PD Session Heide Gallery 2010.08.10

These are my notes straight from evernote.

Natalie King

The curator, begins. Talks about the location of the space on relation to the exhibition. Jerrems, died of a rare liver disease. Reiterates the 70's explosion of photography. There is a Talbot image in the show. Very focused on early in her career. Photographer's gallery started by Paul Cox. Interesting background on. How the curator found the images. Might need to revisit how I keep my notes?

Was it Athol Schmidt or John Cato who set up the program at VCA?

She [Carol Jerrems] uses the alphabet assignment and they have exhibited the work. Countdown's first colour broadcast of horror movie by skyhooks. Mirrors used as pictorial and metaphorical device in her work see the book. Work is often intimate and personal interested in sub-cultures. Shot in colour "briefly". Very involved in the women's movement and other sub cultures. Produced a book, 1974 Book About Women. Very particular about sequencing of this book. Uses Flowery and modernist language to talk about the work. One body of commissioned work for Monash university. Best body of work by far is the hospital documenting her I'll health. Use diaries to document her decline, using collage and written diaries. William Yang Documented early gay culture in Sydney. Has produced a book on Patrick White. Dr. Anne MarshHas written a book looking at photography since the 80's. Proto-Modernist, Lewis Carrol. Physco-Social context of the 70's. Casual Aesthetic as opposed to a fine art aesthetic. Democratic medium for an art form.

Sub-cultures, mentioned again. Camera as mirror, camera a surveillance tool. Important because of subject matter and her approach. "Life death paradox of (analogue) photography."I'm guessing that Anne means that digital has an inherent plasticity about them that by it's nature is understood to have these attributes, of plasticity?

Allows her work to be taken subjectively, contrary to objectivity of modernism/high modernism. What about sub-cultures that document themselves? And only shared amongst themselves. CCP has a survey, about photography in public places. Called Photography is not a crime. Public space as place to make images is a highly contested. Dianne Arbus is cited as a major influence on her work as well as Paul Cox. 19 attendees, 5 men. Anne equated digital photography with scanning, as if it was the only way to make digital images?

What does an idea like visual anthropology mean in the 21st century?

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