23 June - 12 September 2020
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
Closed Public Holidays
ACP Project Space Gallery
21 Foley Street, corner of Crown Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Each year the ACP facilitates an opportunity for two artists - an Australian and an international artist – to discuss their creative practice, experiences and inspirations. In early February 2020, Sydney-based photographer Maclay Heriot began corresponding with Ruth Medjber in Dublin, Ireland. Their initial conversations focussed on how to communicate the energy of live music events visually. As professional photographers they had been commissioned to tour with bands, such as Portugal. The Man and Arcade Fire, as well as shoot on stage at the world’s largest music festivals, like Coachella (USA) and Glastonbury (UK).
By March, the Covid-19 pandemic had spread across the world and one by one countries were going into lockdown. Overnight the live entertainment industry went into hibernation with the possibility of no global music tours for several years. Faced with this uncertain future, Ruth and Maclay were confronted with reinventing their careers. There was also a deepening of their conversations. Supporting each other, they shared a greater appreciation for their ‘music families’.
For both, the works selected for Sense the music are powerful mnemonics, or memory triggers. From images of musicians in amongst their fans, to candid shots behind the scenes and studio portraits – each frame reveals the intensity of a moment and music’s capacity to connect us.
Explore the exhibition and the artists in dialogue here
This exhibition was kindly supported by the Government of Ireland through the Consulate General of Ireland in New South Wales.
About the Artists
Dublin-born Ruth Medjber was encouraged by her father to take photographs from a young age. From her early teens, the artist paired this obsession with her love of alternate rock bands, such as Placebo and Manic Street Preachers. While in her honours year of a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) at Dublin Institute of Technology, Medjber regularly contributed to Hot Press magazine and subsequently NME, Rolling Stone, Kerrang! and Classic Rock. Medjber’s portfolio includes portraits of Grace Jones, Metallica and the Foo fighters. Most recently, she documented Hozier and Arcade fire on their world tours, as well as covering the Glastonbury Festival for the BBC. With close ties to her community, the artist uses her creative talent to support Direct Provision Ireland and has a long-term project Women of Notes, which celebrates inspiring women in the Irish music industry.
Photographer, filmmaker and visual artist Maclay Heriot grew up in Wollongong. Aged five, he took his first photograph of the family at the beach using his father’s SLR camera. Growing up he was surrounded by music, playing the guitar during his teen years and regularly watching his uncle Rockin’ Russ Heriot gig at the Headlands Hotel. Starting out shooting photographs from the audience of Australia’s Big Day Out Festival, Heriot quickly moved to being on stage at Lollapalooza and Coachella. Over the past five years he has been working between Sydney and Los Angeles building a comprehensive portfolio featuring Portugal. The man. With his Hasselblad, favourite Leica or Super 8 movie camera in hand he has captured Jagwar ma, Green Buzzard, Peking Duck and Bully.
Ruth Medjber, Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire, 2019.
Maclay Heriot, F.35 John Gourley, Jeff Bhasker recording sessions, Los Angeles, CA, from Portugal. The Man WO.8085 R.0453 series, 2019
Ruth Medjber, Hozier, Electric Picnic, Ireland, 2019
Maclay Heriot, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Laneway Festival, Melbourne, 2020
Ruth Medjber, At the barrier, Arcade Fire, European Tour, 2018
Maclay Heriot, F.22 Portugal. The Man, Osheaga > Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL, from Portugal. The Man WO.7683 R.9657 series, 2018
Ruth Medjber, Régine Chassagne, Arcade Fire, 3Arena, Dublin, 2018
Maclay Heriot, Adam Della Grotta (previously Wild Honey), shot 9 from Mates in music series, 2020
Ruth Medjber, MayKay of Le Galaxie, Dublin, 2018
Maclay Heriot, Adam (previously Wild Honey), Charlie (Charlie Collins) & Joji (previously Gang Of Youths), shot 10 from Mates in music series, 2020
Ruth Medjber, Will Butler, Arcade Fire, European Tour, 2018
All images courtesy and © of the Artists