Dear Sylvia 2015 - ExhibitionAustralian Centre for Photography
Alma Haser (UK) | Dina Litovsky (USA) | Polly Penrose (UK) | Dana Popa (UK) | Julie Rrap (AUS) | Michelle Sank (UK) | Flore-Aël Surun (FR) | Jessica Tremp (AUS) | Marlous van der Sloot (NL)
Dear Sylvia presents the works of nine female photo-media artists who explore some of the many ways of representing the female body. These artists fit within the long history of women who have challenged the established codes of representation in order to question the role that the female body occupies in today’s society.
Behind or in front of the camera, women are fearless in their depiction of their own contradictions, doubts and strengths, whether they stage their own body, reconstruct those of others or document the political and social realities of bodies that suffer and fight. Dear Sylvia presents a mix of photographic genres from documentary to contemporary photography that literally shows women who have taken hold of their image. It opens intuitive conversations with some of the many themes approached by poet and novelist Sylvia Plath in her work - body, self, nature, motherhood, social norms, objectification, and death.
ACP Gallery, 31 January – 22 March 2015
Listen to an interview with the ACP curator Claire Monneraye and Dutch photographer Marlous van der Sloot discuss how her works in Dear Sylvia were inspired by life and work of the poet Sylvia Plath. here
Marlous van der Sloot, Helianthe, 2014. Courtesy © the artist and galerie Voies Off
Julie Rrap, Still from Castaway, 2009. Courtesy © the artist and ARC ONE Gallery.