The Post Traumatic Urbanist is a body of work that interrogates architecture’s relationship with trauma and the saturation of media images. The work links Paul Virilio’s assertion that technology and in particular the speed and accelerative nature of the image has its own inherent violence, to Roger Luckhurst’s thesis on the intersection of trauma and photography. A constant exposure to this speed and acceleration through a multitude of ever more disruptive media platforms has its own traumatic imprint. Manley uses the built environment as a conduit to explore these ideas and to develop his own thesis that architecture has reasserted its place in our collective conscious as a potential space for violence. For Manley, The Post Traumatic Urbanist series operates as a form of clinical diagnosis and personal therapy, a decelerative eddy in the torrent of modernity.
David Manley studied at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, majoring in Photo-media and graduating in 2012 with 1st Class Honours and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Manley was a finalist in the 2011, 2013 and 2015 Bowness Photography Prize and the 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. In 2012 he was a winner of the Head On Photographic Portrait Prize. Manley was also one of sixteen Australian artists selected for the publication Hijacked III Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK which was published in 2012. In June 2014 Manley attended the Ulsan International Photography Festival in Ulsan, South Korea as an Australian representative artist. David Manley is currently completing a PhD in Media Arts at the University of New South Wales Art and Design.
Opening night: Thursday 16 May 6-8pm
Image: David Manley, Post Traumatic Urbanist #1, 2017