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The Portrait

Arini Byng, Nayuka Gorrie, Anne Moffat, Phebe Schmidt, Danny Cohen, Sara Tautuku Orme, Lisa Sorgini, Abigail Varney, Lucy Foster, Sam Lieblich, Timmah Ball

28 Apr–4 Jun 2022

The Portrait is part of PHOTO 2022: International Festival of Photography.

As a genre of photography that conflates image with identity, ‘the portrait’ carries a complex and problematic past. Yet how portraiture is made and used is ever-evolving. The history of portraiture is itself a record of social change, documenting shifts in cultural values and technological advances. Just as the role that portraiture performs in our lives has transformed, so too have the attitudes and approaches of artists who are responding to the task of art-making, amidst the rapidly changing conditions of contemporary visual culture.

The Portrait is an investigation into the emerging and fluid possibilities of portrait photography and its impact upon image-making today. Ten artists have been invited to produce ‘a portrait’ for exhibition. The artists selected work in both traditional modes of portrait photography and within alternative multidisciplinary practices. By considering the medium in an expanded sense, the artists are able to contemplate, critique and challenge the limits of what a portrait can be.

The Portrait Programs
Performance: Trevor Santos: 30 Apr 2022–30 Apr 2021, 3pm–3:30pm
A night of readings: Elijah Money & Hasib Hourani: 12 May 2022, 6pm–7pm
RMIT x The Portrait: 19 May 2022, 6pm–7pm
No bookings required

VIEW Trevor Santos, 'In Other Words', dance performance Blindside 30 April 2022

PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography is a visual arts biennial taking place in galleries and public spaces across Melbourne and regional Victoria from 29 April to 22 May 2022. Responding to the theme Being Human, 123 artists explore the contemporary human condition in 90 exhibitions, alongside a program of talks, tours, workshops and film screenings. For more information visit photo.org.au

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* Work pictured: Arini Byng, Remember what you heard when you weren't even listening, 2019-21, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Onsite, Exhibition

As part of PHOTO 2022: International Festival of Photography, Blindside has invited a selection of artists to consider the notions, possibilites and complexities of the photographic portrait.

The Portrait: Opening: 29 Apr 2022, 7am–10am
Performance: Trevor Santos: 30 Apr 2022–30 Apr 2021, 5am–5:30am
A night of readings: Elijah Money & Hasib Hourani: 12 May 2022, 8am–9am
RMIT x The Portrait: 19 May 2022, 8am–9am

This program takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise that sovereignty was never ceded - this land is stolen land. We pay respects to Wurundjeri Elders, past, present and emerging, to the Elders from other communities and to any other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who might encounter or participate in the program.

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Working on unceded sovereign land of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation, Blindside pays respect to Elders, past, present and emerging.