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	Image: Mari Mahr 13 Clues to a fictitious crime circa 1940 – 1941, from the series 13 Clues to a fictitious crime circa 1940 – 1941 1984 (detail). Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Edron Pty Ltd – 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
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Exposed: confronting photography through new Australian writing BOOKED OUT

Writers respond to the Art Gallery of NSW collection

Hear from four distinctive Australian literary voices including Charlotte Wood, Hannah Donnelly, Khalid Warsame and Vanessa Berry, presenting newly commissioned work that offers a fresh perspective on the medium of photography.

Given exclusive access to the Gallery’s collection, each writer has chosen a work to respond to, playing with our associations with truth, objectivity and ubiquity in the 21st Century. These intimate readings will be followed by a panel with the Exposed writers, chaired by curator, photographs Isobel Parker Philip.


Vanessa Berry is a writer who works with history, memory and archives. She is the author of three books, most recently Mirror Sydney, a collection of essays and hand-drawn maps that investigate the city’s marginal places, undercurrents, and the changing urban landscape. It is based on the blog Mirror Sydney which she has been writing since 2012. Vanessa is also the author of two memoirs, Ninety9 and Strawberry Hills Forever, as well as the zine series I am a Camera. She is a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney.

Hannah Donnelly is a writer who explores Indigenous futures, speculative fiction and responses to climate trauma. Her writing has been presented at Long Water, Yirramboi Festival, Arts House, North Melbourne, 2017, The public body .03, Artspace, Sydney (2018), The future leaks out, Liveworks, Sydney (2017), Future eaters, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2017), Feedback loop, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne (2017) and State of the nation, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne (2016). Her work has appeared in publications including Sovereign Words: Indigenous Art, Curation and Criticism, Office of Contemporary Art Norway (2018); Reading Victoria Melbourne City of Literature (2018), Rabbit Journal 21 Indigenous Issue (2017), Broadsheet Journal 46.1 (2017), The Lifted Brow and NITV Online.

Khalid Warsame is a writer, photographer, and arts producer who lives in Melbourne. His essays and fiction have appeared in The Lifted Brow, Overland Literary Journal, The Big Issue, Acclaim Magazine, Cordite Poetry Review, and Djed Press. He is currently working on his first novel.

Charlotte Wood is the author of several novels and two books of non-fiction. The Australian newspaper has described her as 'one of our most original and provocative writers’. Her novel The Natural Way of Things won the 2016 Stella Prize, 2016 Indie Book of the Year and Novel of the Year, and was joint winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction and has been published across the globe. Her sixth novel will be published by Allen & Unwin in October 2019.

Isobel Parker Philip is curator, photographs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Her curatorial projects address the complexity and elasticity of the medium and have included Imprint: photography and the impressionable image, New Matter: recent forms of photography, Pat Brassington: the body electric and Hold still: the photographic performance. She was the co-ordinating curator of Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium and is AGNSW’s representative curator for The National 2019: New Australian Art. She has published widely and independently curated exhibitions in a range of institutional contexts.

Wednesday 20 February 2019, 7pm

Charges apply

$10 Adult
$8 member/concession

Book tickets via qtix

Duration 1 hour, 30 minutes
Location: Centenary Auditorium


Wednesday 20 February 7pm – 8:30pm