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True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works

Centre for Contemporary Photography presents True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works—the first major survey of leading Australian artist David Rosetzky.

One of Australia's finest video artists, David Rosetzky creates intensely beautiful lens-based works exploring identity, subjectivity and relationships. Increasingly, he collaborates with professionals from the fields of theatre, dance, film and sound. Drawing on fifteen years of practice True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works presents early portrait and longer duration videos, photographs, photo-collages and sculptures, revealing telling relationships between these aspects of his practice. It includes a major new video work Half Brother 2013, commissioned by CCP with support from Irene Sutton. The exhibition not only allows us to see the consistency of Rosetzky's vision, but to engage with a trajectory in his video that moves from lo-fi, singular portraits that borrow advertising's aura, through to cinematic, long-duration work.

Curated by Naomi Cass, Director and Kyla McFarlane, Associate Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.

True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works will be opened by Josephine Ridge, Creative Director, Melbourne Festival. The exhibition will be toured by NETS Victoria to venues across Australia from 2013 to 2015. For further information on the tour visit


David Rosetzky works in a variety of media including video, installation, photography, sculpture and drawing. He studied painting at Victoria College, Prahran and recently completed a PhD in Fine Art at Monash University, Caulfield. From 1994-2002 he was the founding director of the artist and writer run gallery, 1st Floor Artists and Writers Space, Melbourne.

Rosetzky has presented his work widely in Australia and overseas in exhibitions including We Used to Talk About Love, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, (2013); the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, (2012); Dress Codes; The Third ICP Triennial of Video and Photography at the International Centre of Photography, New York, USA, (2009); Asian Art Biennale, Taichung, Taiwan, (2009); Crowds / Conversations / Confessions at the Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, (2006); and Circle of Friends at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, (2008). In 2005 he was the winner of the inaugural Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts.

He regularly collaborates with professionals from the fields of theatre, dance, film and sound including choreographers Lucy Guerin, Stephanie Lake, Jo Lloyd and Gideon Obarzanek, composer and sound designer J.D. Franzke, cinematographer Katie Milwright, dramaturg and writer Margaret Cameron, and dancers Kyle Kremerskothen, Alisdair Macindoe and Charmene Yap. In 2008 Rosetzky was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra to produce a digital video portrait of actor Cate Blanchett.

David Rosetzky is represented by Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

David Rosetzky's website:


True Self will be accompanied by a full-colour, 52-page publication featuring an interview with the artist and texts by twelve Australian writers speaking from a wide range of disciplines, each addressing a single work. The catalogue is made possible by support from the Gordon Darling Foundation.


Artist and curator floortalk
Join David Rosetzky in conversation with Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane
Saturday 27 July at noon. Free entry. No bookings required.

Seminar Series
How to Feel: The Promise of Emotion

CCP and The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (CHE) at the University of Melbourne presents a series of public seminars in August. Speakers include Dr Christopher Chapman, Elena Kats-Chernin, Robin Fox, Professor Nikos Papastergiadis and Professor Stephanie Trigg. Bookings required:


Supporting True Self is an Education Resource available to secondary students of Art (Victorian/general), Psychology (Victorian) and English (National). Available for download at for the exhibition and tour, developed in conjunction with CHE and NETS Victoria.

*Guided Educational tours are also available by professionals in Art and Mental Health upon request.

Curriculum links include:

Art (Victorian/general)
AusVELS - The Arts Domain, Levels 7-10 Dimensions: Creating and Making, Exploring and Responding.
VCE Art - Unit 1: Outcome 1, Unit 2: Outcome 1, Unit 3: Outcome 1.
VCE Studio Arts - Unit 1: Outcomes 1 and 2, Unit 2: Outcome 2.

Psychology (Victorian/general)
Unit 1: Area of Study 2: Outcome 2: Lifespan Psychology
Unit 2: Area of study 1: Outcome 1: Interpersonal and Group Behaviour
Unit 2: Area of Study 2: Outcome 2: Intelligence and Personality

English (National)
AusVELS - Language, Literature and Literacy, Level 10


True Self: David Rosetzky Selcted Works

A Centre for Contemporary Photography and NETS Victoria touring exhibition.

Exhibition Partner
Exhition Partner
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Publication Sponsor
Philanthropic Partner

Education and Public Program Partner
Philanthropic Partner


Project Collaborators
Project Collaborators

Image: David Rosetzky Weekender 2001 (still), courtesy the artist and Sutton Gallery, Melbourne.

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