Life Portraits by the artist Sharon Zwi at University of Sydney. This great exhibition ‘Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits’ is part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival Program.
Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits presents 60 composite grid photographs in black & white, in the style of traditional analogue photography akin to a contact sheet. Each portrait is made up of 25 images spanning the person’s life. Each photograph celebrates from babyhood to the present life, people whose achievements Zwi admires and respects. Not all are high profile people, but many are: Eva Cox, Margaret Whitlam, Shanti Raman, Michael Kirby, John Coetzee, and David Stratton, to name only 6 out of the 60 complete portraits. The collection of 60 portraits is represented by about half being of women and half of men. There are politicians, feminists, teachers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, refugees, filmmakers, writers, social commentators – the list goes on. I want the viewer, in looking at the photos, to be able to identify with some subjects and to react to what they see. I aim to show the things all people have in common and also those that make them individuals. The photographs supplied to Zwi have been sourced from personal photo albums and archives. Each composite portrait was a personal collaboration with the subject and the artist. The last portrait in each grid has been taken by Zwi herself. The exhibition includes a paragraph on each person and their achievements. Photographs address my interest in memory, place, identity and history: each photo was taken in a time and place of different historical events. I also find it fascinating to see the changes as people grow up, mature and age; at what stage you see the ‘essence’ of the person, when their personalities are formed and their faces take on their identity. Zwi has chosen the people in these portraits as she feels they are making a difference in society in various ways – some intentionally and others simply in the way they contribute in their community.
Artist Sharon Zwi. Dates 22 May – 29 June 2013. Venue: Exhibition Space, Lvl 2, Fisher Library, Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney. Enquiries: Fisher Library 02 9351 7266 / Rhonda Myers, Co-ordinator Library Communications. Opening Hours Open 7 Days. Closed Public Holidays.
Web http://www.sydney.edu.au/library Cost Free & Open daily to the public
ABOUT Sharon Zwi Finalist in the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize, currently at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, with portrait of David Stratton (below). Zwi studied Art and Photography at Reading University in the U.K. and Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. With further studies in technical photography in Australia, she now specialises in printmaking and photography. Zwi is a member of Sydney Printmakers, a group of artists who exhibit in Australia and overseas. She has taught art and photography and has exhibited at the Sydney’s Kodak Gallery. Her work is about the world we live in, the environment and people. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, social issues have always been of primary importance, and these are reflected in her art practice. Zwi moved from Johannesburg to the UK in her 20s and moved to Sydney in 1982, where she undertook more arts studies in Photography and Museum Studies. Zwi has exhibited her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions since the 1990s.
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