Past Exhibitions

Photography goes Poof! Mathew Jones's lost photoworks 1989–94

3 March 2016 to 10 April 2016

Between 1989 and 1994 the Australian artist Mathew Jones made a number of photographic works about gay identity. For both political and artistic reasons, these works were ephemeral, strategic interventions. Some photographs were only circulated as photobooks or as artist’s pages in magazines. Others took the form of site-specific installations that depended on a live audience. As a consequence, these works were like Molotov cocktails of contemporary art, exploding in the face of specific problems and then evaporating into the ether.

MGA has worked with Mathew Jones to re-create these important historical artworks a quarter of a century later. These works capture the pathos and desperation of Queer politics at the height of the AIDS crisis, but they also continue to offer critical insights on the contemporary politics of sexual identity and social equality.

Self-guided audio tour

Following the artist talk held with Mathew Jones & Curator Stephen Zagala, you can now take your own self-guided audio tour of the exhibition. Just ask on arrival at the desk to borrow our ipad and headphone kits. Driver's licence or Photo ID required.

Online catalogue

Mathew Jones has created an online catalogue to accompany this exhibition, you can view or download it by following the links under the image to the left of this page.

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  • 2012 Bowness Photography Prize
  • 2011 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize
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