2019 Darkroom Dinner Auction Items
Melody Ramsey 2018
from the series Honcho Disko
gelatin silver print 37.0 x 37.0 cm
courtesy of the artist
estimate: $750 – $850
Shelly Horan (1987– ) graduated from RMIT University with a BA (Hons) in Photography in 2014 and was a 2018 Bowness Photography Prize finalist for this intimate portrait.
Artist statement: I use photography to connect with people and I enjoy the idea of portraiture as a collaborative and intimate exchange. My work explores concepts around identity and queerness, performance and play. Lately, I’m interested in queer subcultures and the way people express themselves through dress and disguise.
I spent twelve months between 2017–18 working on my first major project, Honcho Disko. For this series, I photographed the performers and punters of a local cabaret bar that hosts a variety of drag and queer performance art. The portraits chronicle a radiant community of artists, dancers, drag queens and habitués of Collingwood’s queer nightlife.