25 May – 14 August Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne Uni

Having recently returned from the Kluge-Ruhe Museum of Aboriginal Art at the University of Virgina’s exhibition Ricky Maynard: Portrait of a Distant Land, I am fortunate to see Ricky Maynard again; this time in Melbourne at the Ian Potter Museum of Art. The opening is next week: Wednesday, 25 May at 6:30pm, followed by a floor talk the next day, Thursday, 26 May with artist and curator, Keith Munro, at 1pm. RSVP requested: 8344 0327 or potter-events@unimelb.edu.au.

25 May 2011 to 14 Aug 2011
Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Curator: Keith Munro

Portrait of a distant land comprises a selection of 60 images from six bodies of work by leading Tasmanian documentary photographer Ricky Maynard, who lives on Flinders Island in Bass Strait. Maynard’s concern throughout his practice has been to rewrite the history of indigenous Australia by creating an alternative, collaborative record of his people. While he places himself firmly within the tradition of documentary photographer as social activist, his subjects are always strongly connected to his own life as an Aboriginal person. For Maynard, documentary photography is about truth and honesty in the pursuit of social justice, about photography as witness to history, about the connection between place and story and feeling. This survey was first presented in 2007 at the Australian Embassy in Paris as part of the inaugural Photoquai biennale organised by the Musée du Quai Branly.

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