Exhibitions

  • Dreamchild

    August 16th, 2003 to September 21st, 2003

    In the solo exhibtion Dreamchild, Papapetrou explores different aspects of childhood and the child’s imagination through the roles, archetypes and performances as acted out by her six-year old daughter, Olympia. Papapetrou’s photographs rework the theatricality and vivid tableaux style of Lewis Carroll’s images of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and other child subjects such as Xie Kitchin and Irene McDonald who participated in costume dramas before his camera.… Continued

  • Corpus of Meaning: Figures Through the Lens of Female Photographers

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    June 14th, 2003 to September 7th, 2003

    Is there a distinctly female approach to photographing the body? If so, then what is it? In the 19th century, female photographers were believed to be better portraitists because they supposedly avoided the mechanical approach taken by male photographers. Another stereotype was that female photographers had an intuitive ability to arrange a studio and put sitters at ease, as well as a talent for arranging hair and garments.… Continued

  • Olympia Masked

    August 9th, 2002 to September 16th, 2002

    In the solo exhibtion Olympia Masked, Polixeni Papapetrou explores the iconology of childhood through the production of a body of photo-based works about her 5 year old daughter Olympia. Olympia is photographed wearing a variety of half masks which partly conceal her face. The masks allow her to enter into other territories and enable her to cross boundaries, thus raising questions regarding the portrayal of the ‘real’ and the ‘imaginary’.… Continued

  • Photographica Australis

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    February 13th, 2002 to April 18th, 2004

    An exhibition of current photographic practice in Australia’ Photographica Australis’ explores a variety of attitudes to the medium and its capacity to invoke aspects of a complex and diverse society. Organised and curated by Alasdair Foster, Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney, ‘Photographica Australis toured South and Southeast Asia from mid 2003 as part of Asialink’s Visual Arts Program.’Photographica Australis’ was shown at ARCo in Madrid in 2002 and then toured to the National Gallery of Thailand in Bangkok (3-27 July 2003), the Singapore Art Museum (13 August-9 November 2003), represented Australia at the 11th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh (15 January – 2 February 2004) and the the Taipei Fine Arts Museum (21 February – 18 April 2004).… Continued


  • Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography

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    August 1st, 2000 to November 11th, 2001

    An exhibition of contemporary photography that explores representations of children and childhood by presenting the work of eleven artists working with this subject as a source for personal, social and cultural investigation. The common photographic experience is located in childhood. As children, we are photographed more than at any other time in our lives. The photographers variously recreate memories of childhood, explore childhood through the family album and found images, or create theatrical tableaux which represent more sinister and haunting views of the displaced and dispossessed.… Continued