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Hold still: the photographic performance

Examines the way a camera turns any subject into a performer and any scenario into a theatrical act

Hold still deconstructs the gestures we habitually adopt while looking into a lens and proposes that the instant of capture is itself a performance. Attentive to the way the camera serves as a silent choreographer – dictating our movements – the exhibition presents incisive commentary about the way photography pervades contemporary life.

Drawn from the Art Gallery of NSW’s collection, it features artists who exploit and exaggerate the posture (or imposture) of the portrait sitter. The exhibition includes works by Taryn Simon, Darren Sylvester, Anne Ferran, Cherine Fahd, Max Dupain and Harold Cazneaux. These pieces appear alongside those produced by commercial photographers in the late 19th century.



Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to Sundays, 10am to 5pm
Wednesdays, 10am to 10pm

Friday 25 May to Sunday 29 July 2018


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