Lovely to meet Alina in a casual and refreshing portrait session last week. Here's the results.
I've spent a few sessions working with Kate Sulan, Adena Jacobs and Rawcus Ensemble on a creative development. It's been a wonderful time and full of great picture making.
In a sequel to The Happy Prince, here are photographs from Little One's The Nightingale and the Rose.
This show is incredibly sculptural and engaging. The two dancers Richard and Tara are phenomenal. Had a great time photographing this one. Check it out if you can.
Following up my collaboration with Michaela Pegum and Chloe Powell at Craft Victoria, I went and took some exhibition documentation of Micheala's work.
I have been playing with scanography recently, as part of my teaching an Electronic Imaging class at RMIT. Here's some experiments.
I rarely do these, but sometimes it is so lovely to hang out with a wonderful dynamic family and take some photographs in their home.
Great session in the rehearsal room with Anouk, Richard and Tara for Common Ground at Chunky Move!
Malthouse Theatre's new production of Bliss directed by Matt Lutton is in full swing in the rehearsal room! I got a sneak peek the other morning.
Genuinely love having portrait sessions with strong women that I admire and am inspired by. Ali Barker is a writer, arts producer and marketing communications genius!
Always love meeting the new and returning students at ANAM each year.
On Tuesday 6 March at 12noon I'll be doing a brief artist talk about my current solo exhibition 'She that came before me', on at Manningham Art Gallery. The exhibition runs until 17 March. Hope to see you there!
Had an incredible interview and photography session with Leah Jing at Liminal Mag. So exciting to be part of that incredible forum for Asian Australians.
Take a read here: https://www.liminalmag.com/blog/pia-johnson
Had a wonderful portrait session with one of my main theatre collaborators Adena Jacobs. I have known her for a very long time, and rather than photograph her rehearsal process or productions, I got to photograph her!
Very excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition at Manningham Art Gallery - She that came before me, opening 28 February and runs until 17 March. The work features archival images from the family album, new photographs and video work.
Pia Johnson’s artistic practice investigates issues surrounding cross cultural difference, diaspora and identity – concerns that flow from her mixed cultural background of Chinese Straits and Italian-Australian descent.
She that came before me is an artistic journey into Johnson’s maternal cultural history created whilst completing an artistic residence in Singapore, the birthplace of her Por por (maternal grandmother).
The works that feature in the exhibition draw upon her family archive of photographs, shared stories, familiar places and the strong desire to be more.
Gallery link and details here
In the recent exhibition All We Can't See at Yellow House Gallery, Sydney I created a series of 3 works in response to one of the Nauru Files published in The Guardian a few years ago. Here are the works and the details of the file, all works are for sale.
28 SEPTEMBER 2014
I was asked on Friday (26-9-2014) by a fellow teacher [REDACTED 1] if I would sit with an asylum seeker [REDACTED 2] who was sobbing. She is a classroom helper for the children. A secondary teacher assistant [REDACTED 3] was present. She talked about several situations, some from Christmas Island, some from RPC3. She reported that she has been asking for a 4 minute shower as opposed to 2 minutes. Her request has been accepted on condition of sexual favours. It is a male security person. She did not state if this has or hasn’t occured. The security officer wants to view a boy or girl having a shower.