Over the weekend, I visited the Art Gallery and spent an hour and half at the amazing exhibition by Australia's first and only Magnum photographer, Trent Parke.
The Black Rose exhibition is a massive body of work which has taken Trent 7 years to put together. It's immense, it's tense, it's dark and emotional and it's totally brilliant.
Sad and full of expression, the photos are the authors soul, laid bare. The viewer joins him on his journey through time to discover his past. There are hundreds and hundreds of photos. All different, yet all telling his life's experience.
The entrance to the exhibition is a magnificent collage of photos - each individually cut and placed by his brother, who I was fortunate to meet and talk to. Inside the exhibition are interactive story boards, video messages, photo albums from his trip across the country and a walk-through corridor of negatives.
Trent Parke, who lives in Adelaide, shot and hand developed approximately 1000 rolls of film, mostly in black and white. Many of the photos were shot in Adelaide. They are dark and moody and, in many of the photos, the subjects tie together a story of life, death, pain and grief. Many of the photos are purposely blurred; they are mysterious and fascinating.
There are lunch time talks, guided tours and some really fun "Black Rose" inspired activities for the children. Go to the AGSA website for the list of all Trent Parke related talks and activities. Most are free.
Access There is wheelchair and pram access on every level of the Art Gallery. Wheelchairs can be borrowed too, call the visitor desk on 8207 7000 to book one for your visit.