PROOF is a photo documentary-based exhibition which foregrounds the NT/Top End as a photographic subject and the work of largely NT-based photographers.
The exhibition is initiated by the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA),
Darwin, the NT’s leading independent public art gallery dedicated to contemporary art and now in its 26th year of operation.
“Photography is a popular art form practiced and appreciated by professional and lay people alike” said Maurice O’Riordan, co-curator and Director of Northern Centre of Contemporary Art. “PROOF provides an opportunity to the public to appreciate the depth of photographic practice in the Top End” said Mr O’Riordan
The first edition of PROOF took place in 2014 as an exhibition over two venues: NCCA and at the Darwin Waterfront. It showed the work of 13 photographers,mostly from the NT but also with national and international representation.
Darwin audiences will get a unique glimpse into the diverse photographic practices capturing and depicting the landscapes, issues and day-to-day life in the Top End. For the exhibition, the ‘Top End’ takes in northern Australia as well as Darwin’s northern neighboring countries such as Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore.
“It’s our second photographic exhibition which foregrounds photography and photographic documentary in a contemporary art practice. The works capture that elusive quality that makes up the Territory and celebrate moments peculiar to our region” said Mr O’Riordan
Miriam Charlie for example, chose eight images to be shown. They're part of her recent project - My Country No Home which speaks to housing issues in Borroloola. Whereas, the Indonesian artist Dito Yuwono, in his evocative series The Secret Garden of Ledok Timoho, combines portraiture and landscape with simple everyday scenes in a garden to portray a series of green-thumbed squatters posing in a luscious garden. A highlight for Darwin artists, is a series of photographs from Fiona Morrison’s photo essay At The Studio - making in the top end which captures the intimate world of studios artists inhabit and verifies Darwin’s rich, eclectic contemporary art scene.
In 2016, NCCA continues a dual-venue presentation of PROOF, at the NT Supreme Court Foyer and in the lane directly across from NCCA, with the exhibition co-curated by NCCA Director Maurice O’Riordan and Darwin-based photographers Glenn Campbell and Aaron Burton.
Photographers for this year’s PROOF at the NT Supreme Court foyer:
Miriam Charlie (NT) Sean Davey (ACT)
Liss Fenwick (NT) Rossanne Pellegrino (UK/Australia)
Dito Yuwono (Indonesia) Michael Marzik (Qld)
Peta Burton(NT) Max Hynes(NT)
Fiona Morrison(NT) Glenn Campbell (NT)
Sean Davey, Taxi Driver, 2016, 35mm photograph; image courtesy of artist
Indonesian-Top End Artists' Camp 2015People To People Through Art
The Camp was not without a few stops and starts, from visas to volcanoes. In some cases a delay meant more studio and touring time. There was a lot of travel overall – by car, plane and boat – yet the artists produced a large and diverse body of work that clearly connects with the places and people they encountered. A small selection of this work formed the exhibition desert trail at NCCA (Sept/Oct 2015) focusing on two Camp firsts: its visit to the Centre, and the inclusion of female artists, Ni Nyoman Sani and Suryani. A major exhibition of Artists’ Camp 2015-related work will show at NCCA in 2016. This exhibition, Cruise Control: Indonesian-Top End Artists' Camp exhibition, will run from 23 January to 13 February 2016.
6 artists – Made Budhiana, Wayan Wirawan, Made Sudibia, Made Suarimbawa (Dalbo), Ni Nyoman Sani and Suryani – were led on the camp by Melbourne/NT-based artist Rupert Betheras. Other artists who joined in at various stages include Emma Stewart (Alice Springs), Lionel Possum (Alice Springs), Xiaogang (Xavier) Yu (Alice Springs/Tiwi), Tom E. Lewis (Wugularr/Katherine), and Tiwi artists from Munupi Arts & Crafts, Pirlangimpi. Indonesian journalist Henny Handayani (Bali Arts) also joined the Camp for the first two weeks.
The Artists’ Camp 2015 follows on from NCCA’s 2012 Artist Camp which saw 4 Balinese artists spend time in two Top End National Parks and Darwin, culminating with The Artists’ Camp exhibition at NCCA (Aug/Sept 2012). The Camp recognises a seminal Top End precedent with the artist-in-the-field camps initiated by the late Colin Jack-Hinton (first Director of the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT) in the late 1970s.
The Artists’ Camp 2015 is sponsored by the NT Government, Commonwealth Bank Indonesia, and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (Australia Indonesia Institute). NCCA also acknowledges the support and involvement of Mike Stitfold, Munupi Arts & Crafts, Djilpin Arts (Wugularr/Beswick), Injalak Arts (Gunbalanya/Oenpelli), Colin McDonald, and the Made Budhiana Gallery, Ubud, Bali.
Images of Camp-related work by Made Budhiana, Wayan Wirawan and Ni Nyoman Sani; photos: Fiona Morrison
LIR + GBDBG + NCCA : a pop-up alternative art space
In October 2015, NCCA hosts an artist-residency with Jogja-based photo artist Dito Yuwono who is also co-founder of Lir Space in Jogjakarta. Accompanying him on this residency is Mira Asriningtyas, also co-founder of Lir Space. Based at Holtze House in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (GBDBG), Dito and Mira have come up with a program of discussions/workshops for invited artists/curators based in Darwin.
Theme : The Contemporary Issue
Discussion Series comprising 2 x 2hr discussions
Venue: Holtze House, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (GBDBG)
Discussion 1: The gallery-less gallery
5:30 for 6pm start, Thursday 15 October
How do you approach an exhibition when you’re not attached to an exhibiting venue?; what are the advantages of a gallery-less gallery, of moving contemporary art out of an object-based and/or predefined physical setting?; what are the setbacks/challenges? Visiting artist-residents from Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Dito and Mira will introduce this discussion through a brief survey of the diverse formal and independent art spaces in their home city.
Duration: 2hrsDiscussion 2: Curious about the contemporary
5:30 for 6pm start, Thursday 22 October
Dito and Mira are curious about the contemporary. What does it mean? As a contemporary artist? In Darwin? Do these meanings also hold true for Yogyakarta given Darwin and Yogyakarta’s geographic proximity, and shared ambivalence in relation to an international contemporary art scene? What is internationalism in a contemporary art sense?
Both sessiions include some relevant reading material for discussion, sent to participants before the discussion. Both sessions will have a note-taker, with content of discussions collected and edited as part of a final publication (essay collection booklet or zine) by Dito and Mira.
Workshop: Contemporary Landscape Photography in IndonesiaA review of artworks from Indonesian contemporary photographers who uses landscape photography to deliver their idea on socioolitical issues, followed by Instagram Takeover or Pop-Up Photo Exhibition guided by Dito Yuwono. Duration: 2 hours; to be held at Holtze House, GBDBG; day/time tbc