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Olivia Martin-McGuire - Sleepers

12 March – 11 April 2010


Sydney artist Olivia Martin-McGuire photographs her subjects at the point where consciousness finally slips away and sleep takes over. On a bed in the studio, she captures the artless choreography of sleep; the intimate way couples hold or fall against each other and the graceful simplicity of bodies without inhibition.

Shot on medium format film in sharp detail, we are able to observe every hair on these sleepers’ bodies at the moment when they are most vulnerable. Martin-McGuire’s images are intensely, almost unbearably, intimate. She exposes the frailty and awkwardness of humans gently and without judgement.