More seeing is not understanding: Ponch Hawkes
8 September 2010 to 24 October 2010
In this exhibition Hawkes presents a series of photographs that draw on her memories of chance encounters and ordinary yet arresting moments. Hawkes reconstructed seventeen mysterious, nocturnal scenes and photographed them in a way that encourages us to try and make sense of them.
Dr Melissa Miles, Lecturer, Department of Theory of Art and Design, Monash University states of the photographs: "Cleverly, Hawkes creates a series of openings in these photographs and beckons us to climb in. The stories take place in familiar surrounds, but the unresolved narratives invite speculation."
Ponch Hawkes is one of Melbourne's most important photographers. She is part of a great generation of feminist photographers that includes Micky Allan and the late Sue Ford. Since the 1970s Hawkes has documented Australia's social and political culture and in doing so has linked several generations of Melbourne's vibrant creative communities.
Ponch was recently announced as the recipient of the biennial NSM Basil Sellers Creative Arts Fellowship 2011 - 2012.