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Photo: Viki Petherbridge
Ricky Maynard, Custodians, 2005– , silver gelatin resin-coated print, 70 x 100 cm. Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by the Coe and Mordant families, 2010. © Courtesy the artist
This exhibition comprises 60 works by the Tasmanian photographer, Ricky Maynard, who resides on Flinders Island in Bass Strait.
Through his practice, Maynard documents, records and rewrites the history of Indigenous Australia by creating an alternative, collaborative record of Indigenous Australian people. He positions his work firmly within the tradition of the documentary photographer as social activist, and his subjects are always strongly connected to his own life as an Aboriginal person.
For Maynard, documentary photography is about truth and honesty in the pursuit of social justice. His photography is witness to history, and an exploration of the connection between place, story, and feeling. This survey was first presented in 2007 at the Australian Embassy in Paris, as part of the inaugural Photoquai Biennale organised by the Musée du Quai Branly.
Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten. Coming soon, opening 6 December 2014