Australian Centre for Photography

Hijacked 2: Australia/Germany

Curated by Mark McPherson and Ute Noll, Hijacked explores the socio-cultural landscapes of Germany and Australia through the diverse perspectives of 32 contemporary photographers. With a focus on the young, the boundary-riding and the fringe-dwelling, Hijacked was layered with imagery that is evocative, confronting, dreamlike and incisive.

Hijacked 2 was both a substantive book and a major exhibition that reinforced and expanded upon each other.… Continued

Tales from Elsewhere

This is the first major retrospective of the work of the internationally acclaimed Australian photo-artist Polixeni Papapetrou. Papapetrou has always been interested in the idea of acquired personas, of dressing up and reinventing the self. Initially her visual explorations concentrated on the liminal reaches of the adult world: Elvis Presley impersonators, body builders and drag queens. This exhibition focuses on a series of highly evolved bodies of work created in collaboration with her children, Olympia and Solomon, and their friends.… Continued

Beyond Real, Part 1 – Dressing Up

Works from Dreamchild are included in the exhibtion Beyond Real.

Polixeni Papapetrou explores historical tastes and ideas through present-day games of dress-ups with her daughter, Olympia. Here the tableau becomes a theatre of possibility in a game of What-If? as different genders, races, historical stereotypes and characters from fiction are briefly tried on for size. It is a true collaboration in the sense that neither participant knows the full story.Continued

Changeling: Childhood and the uncanny

Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 19 November – 24 December 2004
Carnegie Gallery, Hobart, 4 May -18 June 2006
Latrobe Regional Gallery, Victoria, 12 August – 17 September 2006
Noosa Regional Gallery, Queensand
Mornington Regional Art Gallery, Melbourne
Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW, December 2006 – January 2007

Changeling; Childhood and the uncanny