DISCUSSION :: The Politics of Portraiture :: July 19

Discussion :: The Politics of Portraiture
Wednesday July 19, 6pm-8pm
Verge Gallery
Speakers: Claire Monneraye (Curator, Australian Centre for Photography), Chris Jones (Assistant Collections Manager, University of Sydney Museums), Maddie Cox (University of Sydney Museums), and Cherine Fahd (Exhibiting Artist and Academic).


In the setting of historical, contemporary and political portraits as presented in Portraits Of Men, join speakers in an overview of the history and current practice relating to portraiture. Speakers will be discussing the practice of commissioning and collecting portraits, how the invention of photography influenced portraiture, and how inversions of power and representation can occur now within the digital era.

Listen to discussion here:


Claire Monneraye is the head curator at the Australian Centre for Photography. Recent exhibitions she has curated include Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker at the State Library of New South Wales . She has previously worked in exhibition registrar and project management roles at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Chris Jones is responsible for the administration of the Sydney University Museums collections database KE Emu and associated digitisation projects; while assisting the Collections Manager with multiple other tasks. He previously worked in museums and archives in New Zealand, and the National Gallery of Victoria before coming to the University in 2012.

Maddie Cox is an intern at Sydney University Museums investigating the portraits of the university collection.

Cherine Fahd is a photo-media artist and Senior Lecturer in Photography at the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, UTS. Her research and practice concentrates on photographic explorations of concealment, portraiture and the performance of identity. Her extensive exhibition history has seen her work shown in major public institutions nationally and internationally. Her photographic work is represented in significant public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego.


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