3 May to 1 June 2014
The 'Top End' is a broad canvas, stretching across the NT, WA and Qld and, depending on your vantage point, also inclusive of Australia's northern neighbours: East Timor, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, for example. Onto this broad canvas lies a myriad of lives and landscapes, layers of history and drama both epic and everyday. How we see or understand this region and its people is largely the challenge of the photojournalist, charged with capturing the sense of a real-life character or event through the lens of their camera and their readiness to put themselves 'there'.
The NCCA proudly premieres PROOF: Photo Essays from the Top End as a tribute to photojournalists working in this region and to the multi-layered richness of the region itself – its stories and subtexts, topical and timeless. Representing the work of veterans in the field and emerging talents, PROOF includes photo essays spanning the careers of longstanding Territory photographers Clive Hyde and Baz Ledwidge alongside the work of established Darwin-based photographer Glenn Campbell and relative newcomers Daniel Hartley-Allen and Elise Derwin. Darwin-based Régis Martin and Paris-based Frédéric Mit interpret the 'Top End' quite literally through their iPhone 'snaps' comparing a year of skies in both cities, while award-winning photographer/writer Andrew Quilty's Cyclone Yasi Aftermath investigates the fallout from more menacing skies in this tropical cyclone-prone region.
From Megan Lewis's award-winning Conversations with the Mob series/publication, portraying Martu life in the Great Sandy Desert, to Martine Perret's acclaimed Trans-Dili series focusing on transgender life in East Timor, to Ed Wray's disturbing Monkey Town exposé of a street performing monkey in Indonesia and Made Nagi's paean to Indonesia's tall ship fleet (Dewa Ruci), PROOF reveals the power of photography as witness to the diversity, endurance and mystery of the human and cultural condition.
Presented by a curatorial team (Maurice O'Riordan, Director, NCCA; Crystal Thomas, independent curator; and Glenn Campbell, photojournalist) PROOF is showing simultaneously at the Darwin Waterfront and at NCCA. Participating artists: Clive Hyde (former Australian Journalist Association winner, pre-Walkley), Baz Ledwidge, Glenn Campbell (Walkley Award winner), Daniel Hartley-Allen (NT Press Photographer of the Year), Elise Derwin, Andrew Quilty (Walkley Award winner), Megan Lewis (Walkley Award-winner), Made Nagi, Martine Perret, Ed Wray, Régis Martin and Frédéric Mit, and Brian Cassey (Walkley Award winner).
Presented in association with the Darwin Waterfront Authority.