Damien Shen | A Stone From Another Mountain
21 April – 17 May 2020
A Ngarrindjeri / Chinese blend.
‘As we all know, in recent decades photography has grown in stature from second cousin to painting and sculpture to become its equal. The ability to use photography to form fresh imagery in unexpected ways finds firm footing in the work of the Aboriginal/Chinese heritage artist Damien Shen. For his latest series, Shen employed a wet-plate collodion processes – an early technique which requires the photographic material to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed within the span of about fifteen minutes.
‘In this latest body of work, A Stone from Another Mountain, Shen photographed ancestral remains from China to indicate his Chinese history and a self-portrait, alongside portraits of his immediate Ngarrindjeri family, to indicate his immediate Indigenous background. The resulting black and white works, framed in stunningly elaborate Oriental-style red frames, reveal a rich cultural tapestry of Ngarrindjeri/Chinese culture and a use of the photographic medium in ways that are not quite documentary histories, but are also by no means photo-shopped fiction.’
Ashley Crawford, 2020
This exhibition is presented as part of the inaugural festival, PHOTO 2020.
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