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Reconfigured/Rediscovered Photographic Exhibition

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Challenging notions of truth in imagery
Reconfigured/Rediscovered, part of the PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography, is Boroondara Arts' first exhibition of 2021. The collective body of work seeks to question the relationship between image and reality, asking how images operate and how they can be created without a camera.

Artists Christian Capurro, Ben Cauchi, Danica Chappell, Peta Clancy, Daniel Crooks, Izabela Pluta and Robyn Stacey challenge the nature photography's inherent self-reflexivity with examples of bold, boundary-pushing experimentation.

Reconfigured/Rediscovered Photographic Exhibition
Ben Cauchi, 'The thin blue of a winter sky' (2013), wet collodion on acrylic sheet, unique, 20 x 25 cm, image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery

Ben Cauchi is a New Zealand photographer based in Berlin. Cauchi's practice examines the nature of photography, the passage of time, and the psychological dimensions of viewing, using very early photographic techniques on glass or metal. For Reconfigured/Rediscovered, he showcases his One Owns Grey series. In his practice, Cauchi uses traditional printing methods, such as ambrotypes and tintypes, to create darkly ethereal, contemplative images, which pose questions about mortality, the subconscious and pictorial representation itself.

Artist, photographer and filmmaker Christian Capurro uses digital and analogue tools, media and processes. For this exhibition, Capurro has re-purposed tripods to create towering artworks.

Reconfigured/Rediscovered Photographic Exhibition
Danica Chappell, Thickness of Time # 9 (2018-19), chromogenic photograph, custom steel frame, 1150 x 400 x 400 mm, edition 1 of 1, image courtesy of the artist.

Danica Chappell, Melbourne-based visual artist, has a curiosity for spatial-temporal abstraction. Working with the elasticity of process from 'darkroom haptic' actions, Chappell skirts the peripheries of photography to deconstruct material conventions.

Melbourne-based artist Peta Clancy, a descendant of the Bangerang people from south-east Australia, utilises a range of media in her practice. Primarily a photographer, Clancy has a strong history of residencies and participation in academic conferences. Her work explores corporeality and displays a sustained interest in the physicality of photographic prints.

Izabella Pluta's practice embraces photography as a means of interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present. Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms come together, she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are both photographed and found.

Daniel Crooks works predominantly in video, photography and sculpture. Best known for his digital video and photographic works that capture and alter time and motion, Crooks manipulates digital imagery and footage as though it were a physical material. He breaks time down, frame by frame. The resulting works expand our sense of temporality by manipulating digital 'time slices' that are normally imperceptible to the human eye.

Reconfigured/Rediscovered Photographic Exhibition
Robyn Stacey, Geoff Kleem's Studio, Parramatta Road (2016), type C print, 110 x 156 cm, Ed. of 5, image courtesy of the artist and Darren Knight Gallery.

Robyn Stacey is an acclaimed Sydney-based photographer known for transforming entire rooms into walk-in camera obscuras. Masking windows to leave just a ray of light, the view outside is projected over the room's interiors, but upside down and in reverse. The effect is a moving scene which has a dreamlike quality.

Reconfigured/Rediscovered is exhibiting at the Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, until Sunday 11 April 2021.

The gallery is open from 12 noon to 4pm Monday to Saturday, and entry is free.
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Why? The exhibition aims to extend our perception of photography and image making
When: Gallery open 12 noon to 4pm Monday to Saturday, until Sunday 11 April
Phone: (03) 9278 4770
Where: Town Hall Gallery, 360 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
Cost: FREE
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Some rally interesting images here. Looks like a great exhibition
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2471) 50 days ago
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