15 Apr Atong Atem in 100 Faces Exhibition at Museum of Australian Photography
Through the lenses of over 50 artists, 100 faces brings together 100 works drawn from three photographic collections to explore the portrait in its many forms, as well as what it means to collect portraiture both publicly and privately. This exhibition draws from two private Melbourne collections, belonging to the Harris and Rosenthal families. Works from these collections have been placed in conversation with our significant public collection to reveal a rich diversity of faces. From celebrities and cultural figures to anonymous individuals caught unawares on the street, this exhibition features works by major Australian and international artists. Covering a vast timespan, from the 1860s to today, 100 faces encompasses a range of styles and approaches, including staged studio portraiture as well as candid street photography. While many of the artists in this exhibition use portraiture to capture specific people and faces, others adopt the genre to explore broader themes, such as time, death, intimacy, personal and cultural identity, as well as the history of representation.