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Exhibition talks: New matter

Short talks by the curator and artists

In this series of short talks, the curator and artists discuss themes and works in the exhibition New matter: recent forms of photography.

Wednesdays 5.30pm
14 September, 12 October, 9 November,
14 December 2016, 11 January, 8 February 2017


No bookings required

Duration 30 minutes
Location: Photography gallery

Related exhibition: New matter

Related gallery: Photography gallery

Isobel Parker Philip

Isobel Parker Philip, the Gallery’s assistant curator of photographs and curator of New matter, introduces the exhibition and discusses the way each artist expands the limits of photographic representation. Emphasising the material properties of the photograph over its ability to transcribe a scene with exacting and documentary precision, the work in the show poses the question: what are we looking at when we look at a photograph? Isobel will address the nuances and complexities of this question and trace connective threads between each artist’s practice.


Wednesday 14 September 2016 5:30pm – 6pm

Luke Parker

Through his artistic practice, Luke Parker attempts to reconcile and navigate the overwhelming proliferation of images that was precipitated by the development of photo-mechanical reproduction 100 years ago and has exponentially increased in the digital age. Working with collage, he combines his own photographs with found objects and images he has collected over the last 20 years. Luke joins us at Art After Hours to discuss the themes and processes behind his work Entrance to the underworld 2014 on display in the exhibition.


Wednesday 12 October 2016 5:30pm – 6pm

Deb Mansfield

Experimenting with the surface and material composition of the photographic image, Deb Mansfield challenges our expectations of what a photograph is. Her photo tapestries achieve this feat by embracing unconventional printing techniques and converting the image into a textile. Deb joins us at Art After Hours to discuss the themes and processes behind her work (Swinging) I am trying to quieten my love for you 2015 on display in the exhibition.


Wednesday 9 November 2016 5:30pm – 6pm

Todd McMillan

Todd McMillan’s artistic practice, encompassing video and photographic works, could be loosely described as an extended portrait of a figure alone against the world, a role often embodied by Todd himself. Integrating themes derived from Romantic literature and existential philosophy into his work, McMillan weaves poetic narratives of failure and endurance. The solemnity of his thematic preoccupations, specifically his fixation on the concept of the sublime, is often offset by a self-effacing sense of humour. Todd joins us at Art After Hours to discuss the themes and processes behind his work Self portrait (Bayard study i) 2013 on display in the exhibition.


Wednesday 14 December 2016 5:30pm – 6pm

Justine Varga

Justine Varga creates photographic works from an intimate exchange between a strip of film and the world that comes to be inscribed on it. Whether operating a camera or working directly with the photographic negative, she produces perceptive studies of the texture and temporality of photography. Her process complicates both the act of looking and the experience of time and the photographs that result are therefore documents of transformation and remembering, being simultaneously situational and autobiographical. Justine joins us to discuss the themes and processes behind her works in the exhibition.


Wednesday 11 January 2017 5:30pm – 6pm

Cherine Fahd

Cherine Fahd’s work broadly explores the relationship between bodies and sculpture, often to surreal effect. Since the late 1990s, Cherine’s trajectory has moved from simple portraits of her family wearing fabricated plaster creations, to street shots where the subject is unaware of being photographed and, more recently, various forms of self-portraiture. In all guises, she employs some way of ‘sculpting’ the body for the camera. Cherine joins us to at Art After Hours to discuss the themes and processes behind her work Plinth piece, study for woman bitten by a snake 2014 on display in the exhibition.


Wednesday 8 February 2017 5:30pm – 6pm