ECHOES, LUMINA Collective's latest exhibition, is now open to the public at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
The exhibition runs from December 15, 2018 to March 10, 2019.
THE ENCYCLOPAEDIA OF SEX PRACTICE: AGES SIXTEEN TO TWENTY FOUR (AND SOME AFTER) is a polemical exploration into the sexual and bodily narrative prescribed from adolescence to early adulthood. A lived experience that has had passivity, submission and obedience inculcated into the undercurrents of my being. Using the 1932 text, The Encyclopaedia of Sex Practice, by Doctor Norman Haire, as a framework to position the images and text I endeavor to revise the narrative from one of docility to one of ownership and active decision making. Though saccharine in visual representation, the work seeks not to subvert the constraints of femininity or reframe the constructs of being female but rather challenge notions of societal complacency in allowing such experiences to take place. The act of sharing a secret means it is no longer one and through this process the work aims to have a cathartic impact on the mind, allowing it to let go of memories that should no longer have an influence over experiences of sex and love
Through perceptions of presence and absence, LUMINA Collective’s new exhibition Echoes explores the ways in which photographic image-making in Australia is inherently linked to questions of identity and place and to generational stories of translocation.
Occupying five major exhibition spaces within the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery, LUMINA artists will explore eight stories, their themes evoked through individual photographic installations, each member showing work in an intimate space.
By embracing long-form deeply embedded personal practices, Echoes investigates ideas of identity through explorations of family history, trauma and loss, migration, notions of home as well as the formulation of social and cultural Australian
Image: The Encyclopaedia of Sex Practice IV, 2018
Image: The First Sin, 2018
Image: Jessie Boylan / LUMINA
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