THE ANNUAL USU ART COLLECTION EXHIBITION :: PARALLEL RELATIONS: SERIALITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
AUGUST 13 – SEPTEMBER 5, 2015
PARALLEL RELATIONS: SERIALITY IN PHOTOGRAPHY ::
Bill Henson, George Gittoes, Alex Kershaw, and The Twilight Girls (Helen Hyatt-Johnston and Jane Polkinghorne)
Curated by Jessica Bradford and Esther Rolfe
The 2015 University of Sydney Student Union Art Collection exhibition delves into the concept of ‘series’. Curators Jess Bradford and Esther Rolfe have spent the past five months working closely with a range of photographs in the USU art collection and aim to critique the nature of seriality in photographic practice through a survey of four different approaches to ‘series’.
This exhibition, titled Parallel Relations: Seriality in Photography, brings external works and works from within the collection together. The exhibition includes photographs by The Twilight Girls, Alex Kershaw, Bill Henson and George Gittoes.
Bradford and Rolfe reunite an image in the collection by The Twilight Girls with three other images from the series The Power and the Glory. These four pictures depict a tale of two fighters in sausauge suits and represent a third of the six part series. The prints will be exhibited with a gif screen work sourced from the artists. Alex Kershaw’s image Notice Board (2000) from the USU collection will be paired with Construction for Watching Waterloo (2006) and Untitled Monuments #1 (1998-2001). While these images were not created as a series, by positioning these three photographs in the space, Bradford and Rolfe create a new series by drawing together links in the consistent visual style and narrative content in Kershaw’s work. Bill Henson’s Untitled 1980/82 series has been exhibited in various forms but was originally shown as 220 images installed in 26 groups. This exhibition shows nine works from the USU collection, rehanging of the work to allow for new impressions and interpretations between the individual images. Finally, 6 images from George Gittoes’ photographic series of Rwanda have been selected from the 40 images held in the collection. These images reveal the story of the country’s civil conflict in 1995.
The resulting exhibition aims to showcase a variety of methods used to create a series of photographic images, and by reuniting, stitching and editing series of works to highlight the narratives that connect individual images together.