Macquarie University Art Gallery

Macquarie University Art Gallery

Hon Linda Burney Gemes J NSW
Hon Linda Burney Gemes J NSW

Juno Gemes: The Quiet Activist
A Survey Exhibition 1979 – 2019

A Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition
Featured exhibition of Head On Photo Festival

4 May − 28 June 2019

Curator: Rhonda Davis and Kate Hargraves

To be opened by Dr Rod Pattenden, artist and art historian
Moshe Rosenzveig OAM, Festival Director, Head On Photo Festival

Opening Friday 10th May 2019 at 6 pm

This survey exhibition is drawn from Juno Gemes' extensive archive of photography, film and artist's books along with national and international publications that feature her works. The overall parameters of the exhibition offer a broader view of Gemes' social justice commitments over a lifetime's work.

The exhibition presents a rare opportunity to view Gemes’ early experimental works in film and photography, together with the master prints contained within the celebrated publication The Language of Oysters, 1997, on display to the public for the first time.

The Hawkesbury River is the oldest traditional river community in the country, and replace with is the oldest settler river community in the country.

The photographs are poignant in revealing a strong sense of connection and guardianship between the river and its people. Not unlike the way Gemes has worked with Aboriginal communities over the past 40 years where connection, trust and understanding are mandatory to the process. Robert Adamson's award-winning poems accompany these works from The Language of Oysters.

The spectacular forms of Bush Pieta, a finalist in the 2005 Blake Prize, is remarkable in its evocation of place, time and history − another five works from this series augments the installation.  Gemes’ significant body of work Proof: Portraits from the Movement, 1979-2003, is recontextualised within this survey, linking Gemes’ early works to her current practice.


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