Questions around documentary practice have long centered on a battle between representation and meaning over sensation. This exhibition seeks to rethink the parameters of documentary by examining practices that critique ideas concerning witness, truth and account, whilst also challenging the idea that documentary itself is inherently biased and politically dodgy.
Taking Ans Westra’s iconic and controversial images from Washday at the Pa (1964) as an initial point to think about representation, the exhibition In Spite of Ourselves: Approaching Documentary offers new ways to read, understand and interpret documentary practices through a historical and contemporary focus.
Mark Adams, Louisa Afoa, Sophia Al-Maria, David Cook, Rebecca Ann Hobbs, John Lake, Darcy Lange, Jae Hoon Lee, Janet Lilo, Sarah Murphy, Walid Raad, Haruhiko Sameshima, Ann Shelton, Shigeru Takato, Luke Willis Thompson, Vandy Rattana, Ans Westra.
Curated by Fiona Amundsen, Dieneke Jansen and Vera Mey
Opening Thursday 24 May, 5:30 pm
25 May – 29 June, 2012, ST PAUL St Galleries One & Two, 40 St Paul St, AUT