STAGES: photography through the pandemic
29 May 2021 to 29 August 2021
Responding to the unprecedented social, environmental and economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic on Australian artists and society at large, MGA is commissioning five artists to produce work in response to their current experiences. Photographers image the spaces between us, whether physical or psychological, be it through portraits or landscapes, within the domestic sphere or the public realm. The significance of work and leisure routines and the liberty of everyday behaviours we take for granted is never better understood than when the right and ability to do them is taken away.
Our experience of a twenty-first century response, led by government, to this global pandemic is paradoxical. On the one hand we must work online and remain in the safe haven that is home, while on the other hand this shields us from the real world scenario of a pandemic that we construct via the constant mediation of news feeds. These circumstances of rapid change mark a paradigm shift in the way artists live and work. The STAGES commissions seek to enable their practice in a time of economic pressure and to creatively reflect on our path through the pandemic phenomenon in 2020.
STAGES: photography through the pandemic will see Jane Burton, Cherine Fahd, Isobel Knowles + Van Sowerwine, Phuong Ngo, and James Tylor respond creatively to the unprecedented social, environmental and economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Curator: Anouska Phizacklea