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Trent Parke: The Black Rose exhibition

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by Paula McManus (subscribe)
Photography obsessed writer and urban explorer. Lover of nature, art and long weekends. Adelaide, South Australia.
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A photographic journey of self discovery
On now at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

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Trent Parke: The Black Rose exhibition

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.

Trent Parke photographer
Trent Parke: The Black Rose exhibition

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.

Trent Parke photographer
Trent Parke: The Black Rose exhibition

Trent Parke: The Black Rose is a free exhibition which runs from March 14th to May 10th 2015 and is part of the 2015 Adelaide Festival.

You can find the exhibition in galleries 22-25 (on the lower level underneath the Art Gallery restaurant).

Trent Parke photographer
Trent Parke: The Black Rose exhibition

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.

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.
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Why? A life's jouney in photos
When: Saturday 14th March 2015 to Sunday 10th May 2015, 10am to 5pm
Phone: 8207 7000
Where: The Art Gallery of South Australia
Cost: Free
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Loved reading your review and pictures.
Will be having another look tomorrow.
by Jenny Esots (score: 3|1309) 1766 days ago
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