After meeting Ken a few years ago to take photographs for a guitar duo, it was lovely to spend another session recently taking some individual portraits of him.
Very excited to say I made it as one of the finalists for the Martin Kantor Portrait Prize... looking forward to seeing the incredible exhibition of photographs at the BIBF. Always loved this portrait of Tim that I took a few years ago... fingers crossed!
Full list of finalists and exhibition details: https://ballaratfoto.org/events/martin-kantor-portrait-prize/
Here are some installation shots by Nick James Archer thanks to Blindside of Chinese Whispers and Other Stories.
Wonderful production at Malthouse Theatre.
As a photographer I always try to find some time to do new lighting tests for upcoming portrait sessions... here's some tests...
Very excited to bring this show to Melbourne after such a wonderful experience in Canberra.
Stunning and evocative work by Karen Sibbing directed by Samara Hersch... x
It was so wonderful to have a full house for the Chinese Whispers and Other Stories in conversation at PhotoAccess on May 21 2017. Sitting beside me was Mikala Tai and Siying Zhou, talking about Chinese contemporary art in Australia and the female perspective. You can listen here to the sound recording. Photos courtesy of PhotoAccess.
Spent a lovely afternoon with Linda Cropper...
Visually stunning and engaging piece of Australian theatre... loved it.
Annie Louise Sark's rehearsal room was much fun for Lally Katz' new work Minnie and Liraz at Melbourne Theatre Company.
Here's a recent interview I did with Frankie Magazine... for the Chinese Whispers and Other Stories exhibition. Thank you Frankie!
The last few weeks has been overwhelmed by prepping and printing my new work Family Resemblance, after Wittgenstein for my first curatorial group exhibition Chinese Whispers and Other Stories at PhotoAccess in ACT. It's been a huge project for over 12 months now (from idea stage) and I'm so proud to be on the verge of opening the show tomorrow. Featured artists are Tammy Law, Janelle Low and Siying Zhou. More photos and news to come. Read more about the exhibition here
For those in Melbourne, stay tuned, it arrives in late June... :)
There is a wonderful review on Art + Australia for Closing the Distance at Bundoora Homestead.
"Por Por’s House (2014) by Pia Johnson likewise is given over to a domestic space. In a much larger, well-lit and open bedroom, Johnson’s photographic installation offers snapshots of her grandparents’ suburban Australian house. The colonial space of the gallery draws out the tensions between the recognisable ‘70s shag carpet, light blue walls, doilies and family photos that define visiting relatives’ houses, and the objects and artefacts that act as an homage to the living Chinese-Malay culture transplanted to a foreign country. There is a sense of rediscovering and living with the migrant history passed down through generations, and casting it as homely and familiar."
- Andy Butler
Read the full item: http://www.artandaustralia.com/online/discursions/closing-distance
The last installment of the Big Walk to Golden Mountain project.. Lovely to make a short artist talk about my work on the closing night too!