Until July 23, the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) is showing four new exhibitions from five acclaimed artists from across the globe.
Hailing from Japan, Germany, India and Australia, the works on display by Utako Shindo, Andrea Grützner, Jasmeen Patheja, Inderjit Kaur and Laresa Kosloff explore ideas of lyricism, performativity and spatial composition through photography and moving image.
Each exhibition brings its own distinct contribution to CCP’s ongoing mission to provide a context for the enjoyment and understanding of contemporary photo-based arts.
“We are thrilled to have such a diverse range of artists on display,” says CCP director Naomi Cass. “The ever-changing nature and uses of the medium of photography are exemplified in these shows and enrich the conversation surrounding the range of complex subjects photography can express.”
CCP’s Gallery One is occupied by the works of Utako Shindo, a Japanese artist who works between Australia and Japan. In her piece titled That is, like a brief moment to be filled, she uses poetry alongside landscape photography to communicate her interest in art’s ability to enhance perception and reflection in a richer, more lyrical manner.
Displayed on the walls of Galleries Two and Three are two exhibitions titled Tanztee and Erbgericht by Andrea Grützner, which relate to a fascinating guesthouse in Saxony, Germany and use photography to project generations of memories and emotions. Both works explore the site as a cultural centre of the village, looking to the buildings’ architecture and occupants respectively.
Grandmother and granddaughter team Inderjit Kair and Jasmeen Patheja explore the power of acting in their video Indri Pickle Lab, Mango Pickle in Gallery Four, featuring Inderjit Kaur as a scientist demonstrating how to prepare the Punjabi Mango Pickle. The work is the latest of the pairs’ ongoing series of photo and video collaborations where Inderjit performs the characters she desires to become.
Laresa Kosloff’s Snap happy and other Super 8 films is played to the street outside on CCP’s night projection window. The work shows people interacting with the built world, undertaking work and leisure activities. The artist reframes these activities in new ways that play with the viewers’ impressions of the past and assumptions about the present.
“Each artist makes profound work arising from their engagement with the world, with technology and ideas,” says Cass. “We are reminded of the joyous capacity of art to speak across boundaries, cultures, class and beliefs, regardless of language and other barriers.”