Yee I-Lann (Malaysia), Adytama Pranada (Indonesia), Risang Yuwono (Indonesia), Helen Marshall (UK), Dow Wasiksiri (Thailand), Julius E. Muller/Tropenmuseum (NL), Samsul Alam Helal (Bangladesh). Curated by Alexander Supartono (Indonesia / UK). This exhibition, shown for the first time in the UK, reveals what photography from the cultural history of different former colonies can speak about in our own time. The project brings together contemporary artworks by six international photographic artists with colonial photographs. It juxtaposes works by leading and emerging artists from Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh and the UK. The artists revisit stereotypes from colonial-era portraiture to question their place in their nations’ histories and cultures. The exhibition questions how far the photographic studio techniques and practices that developed in the colonial era continue to influence the world of images in what is often described as a ‘post-colonial’ age. Historical and archival images from the recent past are juxtaposed with ‘postcolonial’ photographic propositions. The latter directly or indirectly reference historical styles and ideas, appropriating or subverting their photographic mannerisms, patterns and commonplaces. Curator Alexander Supartono orchestrates these works in a dialectical relationship to reveal what photographic practices from two different ages share and what continuities there are – as well as looking at how they provide different points of departure for understanding the people we encounter in these portraits.
Exhibitions Preview: 18 October 2013, 6.00-9.00pm
Curator and Artist Talk: 19 October, 3-4pm. All welcome, no booking required.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art – Project Space City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, Sunderland SR1 1RE.
www.ngca.co.uk Opening Times: 28 September – 23 November 2013.
9:30am – 5:00pm daily except Wed open until 7:00pm, Saturday 10.00am-4.00pm. Closed Sundays.
Image Credits: Dow Wasiksiri, Wanna Play Angry Birds
Risang Yuwono and Helen Marshall, from Project Tobong
Samsul Alam Helal, from the series Love Studio 2011-2013
I-Lann Yee, Study of Lamprey’s Malayan Male II Julius E. Muller, Portrait of a young Indian couple photographed against a fantasy backdrop in the garden of the photographer, ca. 1885-1895