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Gaffa Gallery

Head On: in association with Head On Photo Festival

Where
Gaffa Gallery
Gaffa Gallery
281 Clarence Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Level 1
When

Weekdays and Sundays, 10am to 6pm Saturdays, 10am to 5pm Thursday 18 November to Monday 29 November Except Sunday 21 November and Saturday 27 November

Cost

Gallery 1 | I Was Too Late - David Wallin

'I found out my dad was dead when the police rang my doorbell one evening. We sat awkwardly around our half eaten dinner as the Sergeant shuffled through papers while wielding her large flashlight. Pointing out details; mumbling her apologies.

‍He’d finally succumbed to a lifetime of alcohol abuse and had died alone in his tiny housing commission flat in a city 10 hours away. I knew very little about my father’s life. We had only seen each other once in the previous 15 years and had been reconnecting through short handwritten letters in the months before he passed away.

My sisters and I entered his apartment with garbage bags and cleaning products. I came with the hope of finding some insight into his life, keepsakes from our estranged family; perhaps something I could take home to remember him by. Something to help fill in the 33 years of each other’s lives we had missed.'

Gallery 2 | The Window Seat by Peter Hendrie

'Photographs taken through the windows of commercial airlines on scheduled routes between 1982 and 2018.'

Gallery 3 | Sacrifice by William Debois

'A multi-year project Sacrifice that Debois has been working on since early 2020. In this time Sacrifice has documented sitters with black and white film in front of a backdrop custom made for the project, collecting the sitters' oral histories of sacrifice. Drawing its development founding from the classic road-trip format, a format undertaken by many influential photographers, Debois has captured portraits of people met along the way, by chance or through recommendation. In his travel Debois has met, listened to, and captured their visual and oral representations of sacrifice. A significant portion of the artworks were created during a road trip fromMelbourne, Victoria, to Gladstone, Queensland, covering 1,986.4kms from February toMarch 2021. In each town, and for each shoot, Debois set up a rugged-looking backdrop, fabricated from an old military tarpaulin, photographing his sitter using a classic Hasselblad film camera.'

Gallery 4 | Invisible Ink by Gabrielle Menenzes

'I want people to look beyond the women’s bodies and closer at the emotional truth of our desires. Women’s bodies through art have been objectified. There is of course a pushback on this, the male gaze combatted with the female gaze. But often we as women sexualize ourselves, or make ourselves one dimensional, hiding the reality of our desires. In her book “Three Women” that explores female desire, Lisa Taddeo writes, “We pretend to want things we don’t want so nobody can see us not getting what we need.” Pre tense is a default for so many women and I wanted to tell the stories that we don’t tell about the relationships that changed us the most: affairs, abortions, abuse, young love, old love, polyamorous relationships, and desire in its many forms.'

Covid-safe information

As a result of Covid-19 & social distancing, we will not hold our typical opening night on Thursday's fortnightly. However, we will be extending our hours on Saturday from 10am - 5pm.

We ask attendees to please check in upon arrival, have handy your vaccination passport wear masks & use hand sanitiser.

For patrons who do not have access to a smartphone, businesses and organisations are required to record their contact details and time of entry in digital form using a non-QR electronic device, such as a computer.  This record can be in the form of a spreadsheet or any other form of digital entry that can track customer check-ins and protects the privacy of your clientele.

In accordance with the recommended social distancing rules, we have a maximum of 25 people allowed in the gallery at one given time. Our staff will be monitoring numbers and you may be asked to wait should we reach the limit.

If you are not fully vaccinated you cannot attend an information and education facility.

Unvaccinated people from 15 December will be allowed to access all public settings and venues from this date, although it is unclear if they will be required to declare their vaccination status when entering a venue or if vaccine passports will no longer be required from this date.

The event will be updated accordingly on our website.

We appreciate your cooperation & help!

Contact event organiser

Gaffa Gallery

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