BYO Culture Guide May 7 – 13

With Head On Photo Festival kicking off last week, for this week’s culture guide we present five different takes on photography. Ranging from meditations on the medium to questions over cross-cultural collaboration, photography as a medium is able to shift and morph to fit the desires of the multitude of artists working with this form.

Reaction – Dafna Tal

This project of video portraits investigates inter-religious existence, centred on Jerusalem, where Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions meet. The background of the participants is not on show, as the bodily reactions of the individuals to the sounds of Christian, Jewish and Muslim prayers are the centre of attention here. This work is part of Dafna Tal’s ongoing work across photography, video and sound and in-between cultural communities.
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
31 Shepherd St
Mon – Fri, 9 am – 5 pm
Sat - Sun, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Dirt Underneath My Fingernails – Anthony Hodgkinson

Conceiving photography as an object, rather than a mode of representation, characterises the collection of work on show as part of Dirt Underneath My Fingernails. Having processed the images at the site of their production, not only do the images represent the landscape captured on film, but they bear the mark of the landscape in their objectivity. Using the figure of the waterfall as a natural moment that can never be repeated, Hodgkinson questions whether the captured image is a similar moment in time.
Opening May 9, 6 – 8 pm
STACKS Projects
191 Victoria St,
Thu – Sat, 11 am – 6 pm
Sun, 11 am – 4 pm

Side Take

Bringing together the work of Sydney-based photographers Michael Bradfield and Keith Saunders, this exhibition looks at the history of the photographic process. The subject of the photographs and the production of the photographs engage with antique film camera of the 20th century. With this in mind, both Bradfield’s photographs of the cameras and Saunders photographs of live performances become a meditation on photographic technology.
Opening May 9, 6 pm
The Roller
2 Epsom Rd,
Mon – Sat, 10 am – 5 pm
Sun, 12 – 4 pm

Pretty Ugly Butterfly – David Porteus

With his ability to capture the uncanniness of symmetry, Melbourne artist David Porteus’s photography simultaneously occupies a place in the present and the past. Asking whether perfection is indeed a desired characteristic, these works highlight perceived notions of beauty and reality. This is the first Sydney solo show for Porteus and on opening night interactive performance group Twisted Element will perform at 7pm.
Opening May 11, 6 – 8 pm
Stanley Street Gallery
52-54 Stanley St,
Wed – Fri, 11 am – 6 pm
Sat, 11 am – 5 pm

Witnessing Cultural Identities

Bringing together six perspectives on story-telling in contemporary Australia, this exhibition engages with cross-cultural dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia. While the styles of work vary between photographer, all of these works question the place of community and culture and the nature of collaboration.
Opening May 11, 6 – 8 pm
Articulate Project Space
497 Parramatta Rd,
Fri – Sun, 11 am – 5 pm