2017 Finalists

Clare RAE

Artist statement: This photograph is from an ongoing series engaging with institutional space and architecture, considering the impacts on the body by educational and institutional authority. The photographic process of recording the body depicts my physical and experiential memory of these sites, which is often absurd or uncomfortable.

My practice at large is informed by feminist theory and considers the implications of representing a woman's body (my own) in an inherently fetishising medium. My aim with all my photographs is to subvert the dominant ways we depict women's subjectivity.

This picture was made at and commissioned by RMIT University, Melbourne, an institution I have engaged with as a photography student and now lecturer. It is also where my late father studied architecture in the 1950s, which prompted my thinking about our personal connections to these educational spaces over time.



Clare RAE
Untitled (Design Archive)  2019
from the series Untitled actions (RMIT)
chromogenic print
80.0 x 58.0 cm
courtesy of the artist


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