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Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier Image

03.10.2014—26.10.2014
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Cherine Fahd, Vivian Maier, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Debra Phillips, Patrick Pound, Clare Rae, Simone Slee, David Wadelton and Kellie Wells
Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier

Curated by Naomi Cass, Louise Neri and Karra Rees
During her lifetime, Vivian Maier (1926—2009) produced more than 100,000 photographic images, which remained largely undiscovered until after her death. CCP celebrates this reluctant artist's timely relevance, juxtaposing her work with contemporary Australian photography, performance and video.

Maier's prolific body of work recording both herself and the world around her—predominantly with a distinctive medium format Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera—is a precursor to our age of compulsive photographic documentation via smart phones and digital media. The posthumous construction of her identity is almost as compelling as her images and her ability to determine and frame a gripping moment with poignancy and beauty. Time has been Maier's collaborator, where nostalgia plays a significant role in the popularity of her archive.

In Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier, Maier's photography—printed well after her death—is presented with contemporary Australian artists working in still, moving and found photography and who also document the street and themselves in an equally obsessive manner.

Against the gritty street life captured by her probing lens, Patrick Pound responds with second-hand images gleaned from junk shops and the Internet, while Debra Phillips and David Wadelton make an inventory of the city and its quirky features. Maier's self-portraits reverberate with Australian women artists who turn the camera on themselves in performative ways, in the work of Cherine Fahd, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Clare Rae, Simone Slee and Kellie Wells.

Public Programs

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Meet the Artists and Curators for a walk-through of the Exhibition
Saturday 11 October, 1pm
Naomi Cass, Cherine Fahd, Louise Neri, Patrick Pound, Debra Phillips, David Wadelton, Clare Rae, Karra Rees, Simone Slee and Kellie Wells.
Free event. No bookings required.


Official Opening
Saturday 11 October, 2pm
Opening remarks by Louise Neri, Creative Associate, Visual Arts, Melbourne Festival.
Free event. No bookings required.


PANEL DISCUSSIONS
A collaboration between CCP and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne

How the 'selfie' performs across time and place
Wednesday 15 October, 6—7.30pm
$5, bookings essential. Book here >

Self-portraiture is hardly novel, but what distinguishes the 'selfie' in a contemporary context? The 'selfie' is scrutinised from a range of temporal and cultural contexts and emotions. Read more >

Speakers
Dr Larissa Hjorth, Dr Adam Nash, Natalie Hendry, Dr Fincina Hopgood and Professor Stephanie Trigg (Chair)


Lost and Found: Ethics, subjecthood and contemporary art
Wednesday 22 October, 6—7.30pm
$5, bookings essential. Book here >

From the posthumous and pseudonymous construction of an artist's identity, to an artistic practice constructed from found images, panellists will discuss the ethics of contemporary art. Read more >

Speakers
Dr Karen Jones, Dr Patrick Pound, Professor Paul Gough and Dr Rebecca Coates (Chair)


WORKSHOPS
Street photography workshop for youth in the City of Yarra

A collaboration between CCP and the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, The University of Melbourne

How to craft a fine art black & white print
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Image: Vivian Maier New York City, September 10, 1955, Gelatin silver print, 30.5 x 30.5cm, Vivian Maier/Maloof Collection, courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery.


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