Curated by Aaron Bradbrook, Rearranging Boundaries brings together leading documentary photographers and visual activists from some of the most reported and scrutinised upon regions of the globe to showcase and counteract underreported and often misrepresented depictions of their homelands. Each photographer in the exhibition narrates a nuanced alternative to mainstream media generalisations. The narrative is one of war to gender oppression to migration and the rearranging of psychological, physical and enforced boundaries of their societies. Featuring the work of Zanele Muholi (South Africa), Tanya Habjouqa (Jordan/US), Abbas Kowsari (Iran), Wei Leng Tay (China-Singapore) and Remissa Mak (Cambodia), the exhibition exemplifies humanity’s ability to recognise and adapt to the constraints of new situations, fight tirelessly for change and embrace life, but never forget where they came from.
CURATOR: Aaron Bradbrook
Aaron Bradbrook is a Melbourne-based photographer and curator who received his BA in photography and journalism from Edith Cowan University. He is currently completing his MA in Development Studies at the University of Melbourne. Bradbrook’s work has been exhibited and won awards around Australia.
Zanele Muholi is a visual activist, born in 1972 in Umlazi, Durban, and lives in Johannesburg. She co-founded the Forum for Empowerment of Women (FEW) in 2002, and Inkanyiso (www.inkanyiso.org) in 2009, a forum for queer and visual (activist) media. Muholi’s self-proclaimed mission is ‘to re-write a black queer and trans visual history of South Africa for the world to know of our resistance and existence at the height of hate crimes in SA and beyond’. She continues to train and co-facilitates photography workshops for young women in the townships.
Tanya Habjouqa is a documentary photographer specialising in gender, social and human rights issues in the Middle East. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015. Habjouqa was the recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund, and a founding member of Rawiya, the first all-female photo collective of the Middle East. She lectures Narrative/ National Identity in Photography at Al Quds Bard University.
Abbas Kowsari is a Tehran-based photographer who is the Photo Editor-in-chief of Shargh Daily and Aftab Network Magazine. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Iran, London, Paris, Amsterdam and beyond.
Wei Leng Tay
Working predominantly with photography, sound and video, award-winning artist Wei Leng Tay’s practice considers how socioeconomics, history, family and the state intersect with memory and notions of displacement and self-identity. She has collaborated and exhibited with institutions and organisations around the world, and been a recipient of awards such as the Poynter Fellowship through Yale School of Art and the National Arts Council Singapore’s Art Creation Fund. Her work forms part of public and private collections in Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong.
Award-winning photographer Mak Remissa was born in Phnom Penh City. He began taking photographs in 1993 during his studies at the Royal University of Fine Art, and continued studying photography in Thailand in 1997, eventually training at Agence VU in France. His photographs have been displayed around the world, and he has worked for national and international agencies.
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- June 11, 2017 - June 11, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm