Denis Beaubois, Luc Delahaye, Cherine Fahd, Percy Grainger, Bill Henson, Sonia Leber and David Chesworth, Walid Raad, Kohei Yoshiyuki and ASIO surveillance photographs and film selected by Haydn Keenan
In camera and in public
Curator: Naomi Cass
Taking a look at society through the lens of the state, the photographer on the street, the artist and the eye of the voyeur, In camera and in public examines the abandonment of the contract between photographer and subject.
Ranging from candid street photography through to surveillance photography, In camera and in public explores the camera and its relationship to the subject unaware of being photographed. From images taken in public spaces, including a series of striking faces taken on the Paris metro by Luc Delahaye, the exhibition proceeds to the grainy anxiety of de-classified ASIO photos from 1949 to 1980.
Kohei Yoshiyuki's now infamous documentation of voyeurism, The Park (1970–1979), features confronting photographs of public space clandestinely used as private space at night: Japanese parks where, in the absence of privacy, young people perform intimate acts while being watched by onlookers.
At the heart of CCP galleries are Percy Grainger's extraordinary naked self-portraits from his so-called 'lust branch' collection, hand printed by Grainger between 1933 and 1942. Here the camera is turned on himself, in camera.
Cherine Fahd offers frank photographs of daytime sleeping bodies in a Kings Cross park taken from her 6th floor apartment, while Bill Henson captures hauntingly beautiful crowd scenes during the 1980s. Sonia Leber and David Chesworth secretly film from the dome of St Pauls Cathedral, London and Walid Raad impersonates a fictional operative who failing in his surveillance task, repeatedly films the sunset.
Finally, Denis Beaubois, with a playful and performative video, seeks a kind of revenge of the subject, through his attempts to engage with a number of surveillance cameras, inviting the camera to respond to pleas earnestly delivered on cue cards.
In camera and in public will be opened by The Honourable Justice Betty King, Supreme Court of Victoria, who will also launch Artlink’s Art & Surveillance issue guest edited by Natalie King and Virginia Fraser.
Warning: Full-frontal nudity, adult concepts. Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent of legal guardian.
the In camera and in public catalogue PDF 961kb
Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park is presented in association with the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
Image: Cherine Fahd Untitled from the series The Sleepers 2005–8, lightjet print, courtesy the artist