JUNO GEMES – Spirit Maps
OPENING 4PM SUNDAY 16TH OF AUGUST, 2015
Visual advocacy has been the hallmark of Juno Gemes’ artistic practice for more than four decades. Her use of creative media to agitate for shared knowledge and cultural understanding has resulted in a body of photographs, film and ephemera that, although superficially disparate, are bound through the common threads of critique and compassion.
Gemes is an observer and a listener. Her images arise from careful conversation, from intuitive felt connections with her subjects and their stories.
This exhibition will bring together interweaving threads of Juno Gemes artistic journey, with two photographic series, a film, and a selection of artists notebooks. A series of photogravure meditations reveal fresh nuances through repeated impressions of two of Gemes’ most effecting and memorable photographs. Countrymen is a timeless, iconic and lyrical image capturing a moment of pure connection, respect, and affection between three Lawmen. One with the land is a quiet family portrait, a celebration of the patience and poetry of traditional hunting and fishing, connection to country. Both of these images are the product of a privileged intimacy, Gemes and her camera silently witnessing the profoundly personal continuation of ancient culture in contemporary life. Gemes recently collaborated with master photogravure printer Lothar Osterling at his 3rd St Studio in Brooklyn, NY, producing this group of images that reinterrogate the surfaces and resonances of the photographs.’ Charleyene Olgivie
Juno Gemes was born in Budapest, Hungary and arrived in Australia in 1949. She studied at Sydney University, worked in theatre and wrote for the International Times in London until 1971. She became involved in the Yellow House at Potts Point, Sydney and worked in Central Australia on the film Uluru (1978). Her first solo exhibition, We Wait No More was in 1982. Gemes has spent 40 years documenting the social change of Australia, in particular the lives of Aboriginal Australians.
The exhibition runs until 30th August, 2015.
Invitation to Book Launch by Dr Jonathan King Excerpts read and performed by the author.
D r Ken stone was born in Taree in 1944 and spent his early childhood in central New South Wales where his father’s family produced wheat and wool. He spent the later part of his childhood on his grandparents’ dairy farm at Stroud in the Karuah Valley.
After completing teacher training at Bathurst, Stone taught in schools in western New South Wales and in Sydney for twelve years, before moving across to tertiary education and lecturing in Creative Arts for twenty five years. He still pursues his interest in drama, poetry and the visual arts and is an experienced performer of his work.
Aurora Borealis to Botany Bay draws upon Ken Stone’s interest in colonial history and knowledge of Georgian and Victorian society and design. This is his fifth book of poetry.
Copies currently available at The National Trust Online Bookshop. For postal orders email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information about the book visit the websites of Maitland Mercury and Gloucester Advocate.
Wednesday, 10th June, 2015 5:30 p.m. for 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Manning Clark House,
11 Tasmania Circle Forrest. RSVP to email@example.com or (02) 6295 1808
Light refreshments and drinks will be served.
Aurora Borealis to Botany Bay can be purchased for $30 at the launch.
Ken Stone’s epic, Aurora Borealis to Botany Bay, takes us to the icy Arctic with Sir Edward Parry on his heroic search for a northwest passage; then to Australia’s recently mapped hinterland where he consolidates an Australian Agricultural Company settlement, which comes close to failure. In colonial Sydney, my ancestor, Anna Josepha King, and her contemporaries, including John Macarthur, Archdeacon Broughton and Governor Bourke, live again in a few crisp lines”. Dr Jonathan King, historian and author.
“Fabulous research and living characters.” Les Murray, Poet.
“A large cast of characters, each appearing in a dazzling spotlight. I would love to hear some of this read” Paul Brunton, historian and senior curator, Mitchell Library.
Flood, Fire and Drought, a new Anthology of poetry by Australian poets
May 28, 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle Forrest.
Poetry readings and launch of Flood, Fire and Drought, edited by Suzanne Edgar, Kathleen Kituai, Sandra Renew and Hazel Hall. An anthology exploring the effect of weather events on the Australian landscape, showcasing the works of twenty-nine Australian poets with a foreword by Richard Denniss, Director of The Australia Institute. To be launched by award winning poet, writer and environmentalists Mark O’Çonnor.