Contemporary photography on show at USC

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5 May 2017

A striking exhibition of digital photography, called How the light gets in: Contemporary photographic practice, will open at the USC Art Gallery at 6.30pm on Thursday 11 May.

This exhibition brings together artworks by local artists alongside past and current USC students and academics including Dasha Riley, Hing Ang, Matt Bushell and Darren Smith.

USC Lecturer in Digital Design and exhibiting artist Dr Debra Livingston said digital photography has revised the way people think about the role of the camera in contemporary culture.

“In the past, emulsion-based photographs were largely viewed as representations of the real,” she said. “This exhibition shows the capacity for photographers to explore previously unimagined possibilities.”

USC Art Gallery Manager Megan Williams said the exhibition also celebrated USC’s commitment to photography as an area of study and the quality of work being produced.

“It is very special to see artwork by past and present students really stand up alongside that of the academic staff who taught them, as well as established artists from across the region,” she said.

“The diversity in the artists’ approaches to contemporary practice is striking. This exhibition has something for everyone with still life, portraiture, landscapes, mythology, architecture and the urban environment all explored.

USC Art Gallery will host several public events during the exhibition, including opening night at 6.30pm on Thursday 11 May. This event is free and open to the public.

The exhibition will be officially opened by USC Head of School of Communication and Creative Industries Professor Rod McCulloch and will continue until Saturday 1 July.

A selection of works from the exhibition will tour to Gympie Regional Gallery in November.

The USC Art Gallery is located at the USC campus on Sippy Downs Drive, Sippy Downs. It is open free to the public from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and closed Sundays and public holidays.

Terry Walsh

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