Gavin WATSON 'Neville and Gary up the local park' 1980, Black and white photograph on gloss paper, Courtesy of the artist

Exchange value

Exchange Value brings together the works of 11 Australian and international photographers in an exhibition that offers rich and challenging insights into the world of documentary photography.

The exhibition explores close-up accounts of those on society's fringes – skinhead subculture in 1970s London, poor Egyptian neighbourhoods during the Arab Spring, the sterile confines of a mental institution – as well as the photographers documenting them. As the relationship between photographer and subject becomes visible, so does the potential for greater possibilities in image making.

Artists include Kim Guthrie (Qld), Raphaela Rosella (Qld), Gavin Watson (UK), Bieke Depoorter (Belgium), Simon Terrill (UK), Micky Allan (Vic), Leah King-Smith (Qld), Atong Atem (Vic), Patrick Pound (Vic), Kallena Kucers (Vic), Mick Richards (Brisbane).

In Focus: Blind Photographers Challenge Visual Expectations, an exhibition on tour from Canada will be presented alongside Exchange Value. Curated by Megan Strickfaden and Janice Rieger, the show features 9 international blind and partially sighted photographers depicting compelling narratives about inhabiting, negotiating and interpreting the built environment.

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Installation gallery

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the british band, madness


Gavin Watson, Kim Guthrie, John Willsteed

Saturday 16 February 2019

crowds walking by apartments at night


Simon Terrill and Louise Martin-Chew

Saturday 23 February 2019

studio by Leah KING-SMITH


Dr. Leah King-Smith

Wednesday 6 March 2019

blurred image of city seen across a river


In Focus curator and artist talk

Tuesday 9 April 2019

too much lip book cover

Texta book club

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko

Tuesday 9 April 2019

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