08.04.17 Panel: Visualising a Nation - the politics of an image

Saturday 8 April
2.30pm - 3.30pm

State Library of New South Wales
Metcalfe Auditorium
Macquarie St Building

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Photographed in 1937 and launched into the public sphere in 1975, Max Dupain’s Sunbaker is recognised as a portrait that embodies what it means to be Australian.


“I said ‘Max, this is the one that says Australia. It conveys what it is to be Australian’ … Sunbaker was a quintessentially Australian photograph.”

Graham Howe, inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Photography, Australian Financial Review, 2008


A diverse panel of leading thinkers will discuss the role of Max Dupain’s Sunbaker as representative of Australian identity and whether it still reflects contemporary Australian society.

Panelists will interrogate the role of the image in symbolising and constructing a national identity and how these images re-enforce ideas of dominant culture.


Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker is a free exhibition presented by the Australian Centre for Photography in partnership with the State Library of NSW in the Mitchell Galleries from February 18 to April 17, 2017.


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Image: Khaled Sabsabi, 229 production stills from video 2017. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane