Photographs by Carl Mydans for the U.S. Resettlement Administration, September 1935 (Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Collection, Library of Congress) Edited and with text by Tom Clark ISBN: 978-0-9873387-0-9 “That ominous roominghouse-stairway interior, when I found it, became the signal that keyed this image search (for America, was it?).  Having discovered that shot, and reflecting then upon the dark inner-sanctum descent it suggested, I went through the original Mydans “Lots” (the image groups — over a thousand images have survived in these scattered sets of “Lots”, preserved in the…. → More details


JANINA GREEN From the series Vacuum, 1993 Type C photograph Vacuum is a set of 14 vintage chromogenic prints made in 1993 and originally shown at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts. ‘The middle class white housewife is the dominant model of femininity and her role has been constructed around domestic cleanliness. Her home has been the setting for her performance as virtuous wife and mother. But housework also taints the character of the woman, linking femininity with dirtiness and linking dirtiness to the…. → More details


JANE BURTON, CHRISTOPHER KÖLLER AND DARREN SYLVESTER Jane Burton, from Vanishing Point Type C Photograph 110cm x 110cm (detail) Courtesy of Dickerson Gallery, Melbourne and Sydney LOADED brings together three Melbourne artists from quite distinct generations – each with a reputation for creating visually engaging photographs: Jane Burton, Christopher Köller and Darren Sylvester. All three are known for making work which is somewhat enigmatic or elusive and which while representational in nature, is nevertheless open to many readings and multiple narratives. Work that is in fact loaded. For each of the artists the surface appearance of…. → More details


Still from Your call is important to us, Helen Frajman, 2004 (video) New Work from M.33: Helen Frajman, Tania Jovanovic, Christopher Köller, Peter Milne and Matthew Sleeth Curated by Helen Frajman. The Bottom Line is a group exhibition which through video and photography examines fundamental values in a time when the Bottom Line rules. The work ranges from the subtly philosophical as in Matthew Sleeth’s meditative The Big Picture, to the joyously pleasurable in the sensuous colour images of Tania Jovanovics Below the Waist which focus on music, dance, emotion and the body. Peter…. → More details


Tania Jovanovic, Chris Köller Peter Milne, Matthew Sleeth Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne Thursday 6th November 2003 Time: Drinks at 7.30 with projection: 8 – 9.30pm Tickets: $15 Concession $12 Available @ Australian Centre for the Moving Image 03-8663 2583 In conjunction with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), M.33 presents Projected – a rare opportunity to enjoy a combination of exceptional photographic images projected onto a cinema screen, accompanied by a specially commissioned sound track. On November 6, 2003, M.33 will…. → More details


MATTHEW SLEETH Untitled from FEET, Tokyo, 2002 (outdoor lightbox) The images in the exhibition FEET were taken on the Tokyo subway in October 2002. They are images of reasonably random feet – usually those belonging to whoever happened to be sitting opposite the photographer. They touch on themes such as consumerism (a great town for shoes) and the way men and women occupy public space differently. Although this can probably be observed in many countries, it seems emphasised in Japan: the men are sprawled over their seats with crotches thrust forward while the…. → More details


CHRISTOPHER KÖLLER Christopher Köller’s Aberrant is a suite of videos and still photographs that explore bizarre and compulsive behaviours conjured out of everyday routines and objects. Taking as his starting point newspaper reports which have caught his attention, Köller has created five video re-enactments which variously convey the sheer weirdness, peculiar drama and pathos of these extreme presentations of the human condition. Aberrant is installed in 5 different rooms of 69 Smith Street and washes over us as an unsettling, creepy, sometimes funny sometimes tragic wave composed of the extraordinary actions of ordinary…. → More details


WHEN NATURE FORGETS Peter Milne’s dolls, dummies and mannequins in historical displays simper, strut and smoulder; their often abject and eroticised condition arousing strong emotional responses from the viewer. The strange jaunty sound track accompanying the audio visual presentation adds to the carnival atmosphere while further unsettling and disturbing. Is History and the entire documentary process here to be read as an act of titilation? STILLS GALLERY 36 Gosbell St Paddington NSW 2021 23rd April – 24th May 2003 Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11 – 6 Stills Gallery Website…. → More details

OUT OF SIGHT (but not out of mind)

ABC website HELEN FRAJMAN Untitled From Baby Blues, 2001 by Konrad Winkler While we may see thousands of images a day, some photographs have the power to truly capture our imagination. M.33 Director Helen Frajman spoke to people around Australia who work with collections of contemporary Australian photography in public museums and galleries. She asked them to choose an image that they had trouble shaking off, which persists in their memory, which in effect has ‘haunted them’ – an image which while out of sight, is not out of mind. Out of…. → More details


ABC WEBSITE MATTHEW SLEETH American Transport Helicopter, East Timor, 1999 A selection of images from Matthew Sleeth’s book , TOUR OF DUTY, are now online on the ABC’s website accompanied by audio from Matthew Sleeth. Presented by The Space, ABC Arts Online


MEGAN PONSFORD Untitled from ASPIC, 2001 Duratran ASPIC consists of a series of images taken in an up-market nursing home and presented as small lightboxes in a darkened room. Despite the opulence and beauty on display, despite the grandeur and luxury, a sterile uneasy silence pervades the work. There is no evidence of these facilties being used, no sign indeed of any human habitation. All is not as it would seem – objects that should be inviting resonate with menace and a hint of melancholy. Seductive yet desolate, frozen in a perpetual present,…. → More details


MATTHEW SLEETH Curated by HELEN FRAJMAN InterFET Santa, East Timor, 1999 TOUR OF DUTY is a series of photographs from East Timor that say very little about that country but a great deal about Australia. Given our military history as colonial canon fodder and our recent political collusion in East Timor’s occupation, Australia’s leadership role in the INTERFET mission should have been a key moment of national redemption. But the experience was anything but that – with the government, army and UN all desperate to turn the exercise into a huge…. → More details


CHRISTOPHER KÖLLER LOOP is the first instalment in a larger body of work on the theme of aberrant behaviour. It is based upon a recent case in Liverpool, England in which two young men amassed thousands of pairs of socks through fraud and deception upon members of the public, and incorporated them into an elaborate sexual fantasy. The two were eventually charged with gross indecency and unlawful wounding and were gaoled. CONICAL Contemporary Art Space 82 Johnston Road Fitzroy VIC 3065 6th – 27th October 2001 Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday…. → More details


CURATED BY HELEN FRAJMAN Gladys Tybingoomba – from Leaving Proof: Returning To Places That Name Us Photograph Ricky Maynard, 2001 A unique online event, Tide of History brings together the work of 4 of the most significant photographers documenting indigenous communities in Australia today: Ricky Maynard, Gayle Maddigan, Mervyn Bishop and Juno Gemes in collaboration with writer Frances Peters Little. Presented by the ABC’s Arts Online and Indigenous Online and made possible through the generous support of Autograph – the Black Photographers Association

SPATIAL NARRATIVES 3: Mexico City – Milano – Melbourne

CHRISTOPHER KÖLLER Hopscotch (Detail), 1996 The exhibition of photographs Spatial Narratives 3 (Mexico City, Milano, Melbourne), is a culmination of Christopher Köller’s engagement with the issue of the space of cities over the past 5 years. The artist’s investigation of the ways in which social, cultural, political and economic forces influence architecture and the configuration of streets and open spaces is carried out in these three distinct cities. The way people use space and how they see themselves and each other in terms of their use and of it in relation to gender,…. → More details


MATTHEW SLEETH Melbourne Cricket Ground, 1998 In this exhibition of photographs from Matthew Sleeth’s first book, Roaring Days (M.33, Melbourne, 1998), Sleeth continues to pursue the themes that have long preoccupied him – comradeship, masculinity, romance and alienation. Similarly he continues his intoxication with the expressive qualities of light and shadow. The title is taken from a poem by Australia’s best know poet, Henry Lawson, who wrote early last century about a romantic ideal of Australian identity. LEICA GALLERY TOKYO 3-5-6 Ginza Chuo-ku Tokyo 104-0061 telephone – 81-3-3567 6706 10 April –…. → More details

TOUR OF DUTY – an Australian in East Timor

MATTHEW SLEETH United Nations HQ, East Timor, 1999 Under the surface of Matthew Sleeth’s gentle, almost whimsical photographs is a witty and incisive look at this tiny theatre of war. “East Timor and its long suffering peoples became the backdrop to a concentration of sincere Western concern qualified by individual egoism, personal careerism, and about-face rationalisation. How does a photographer cope under these circumstances? Rather than searching for the East Timorese people, Mathew Sleeth’s photographs render the superficial nature of the Western cavalcade.” Paul James, from Catalogue Essay. 40×40 inch…. → More details


GAYLE MADDIGAN Gary Foley, 2000 A photographic profile celebrating contemporary Aboriginal culture in Melbourne, exploring the vitality and dynamism of Koorie individuals who are actively involved in dance, theatre, academia, song, fine art and political and cultural advocacy. Individuals portrayed include Marcia Langton, Gary Foley, Archie Roach, Tom Lewis, Richard Franklin, Lisa Belear, Rachel Mazza and Ruby Hunter. This body of work was produced with the support of a grant from the City of Melbourne. SPAN GALLERIES 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne 5-16 December 2000 Gallery Hours Tuesday – Friday 11am…. → More details

FOOLS PARADISE PETER MILNE Sir Les Patterson and Peter Cook – Press Conference to launch Melbourne Comedy Festival, 1987 An Audio Visual exploration of twelve years of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival through the photography of Peter Milne. Audio commentary from legendary Melbourne comedians Judith Lucy and Lynda Gibson. In Conjunction with The Space, ABC ONLINE and The Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre.



Jane Burton ISBN: 978-0-9871670-2-6 Jane Burton’s Other Stories is a collection of photographs that are intended to be experienced as a series of loose associations rather than determined narratives. Structured with five chapters like a fairy-tale collection, each series is toned in a different colour – reminiscent of old photographic processes and hand-colouring techniques. The atmosphere common to all the stories is cinematic and dreamlike. Saturated with colour (peach-sepia, red, viridian green, lavender, and blue), each has its own emotional pitch and temperature; the ‘story’ is non-linear, non-literal, falling instead…. → More details