IN HER WORDS
Horsham Regional Art Gallery
In Her Words is an exhibition that celebrates image making that is dictated by women, both behind and in-front of the camera. The exhibition is curated by Olivia Poloni and will open at Horsham Regional Art Gallery on Saturday 2nd March and run until Sunday 19th May.
The debut exhibition brings together Horsham Regional Art Gallery Collection works, that range from the 1970s to current day, and exhibits them alongside a number of key practitioners in the contemporary field including Melbourne artists Honey Long and Prue Stent. The exhibition features the works of 27 artists who use the lens as a tool to record the personal and universal world around us.
In 1975 feminist critic Laura Mulvey coined the term ‘the male gaze’ to describe the ways in which women are objectified on camera when a man is behind the lens. In 2016 at the Toronto International Film Festival, Jill Soloway in her keynote address, explored ‘the female gaze’ in film. She considered works that have women behind the lens, women in front of the lens and women spectating.
In Her Words explores the female gaze through the works presented within the themes of migration, queer culture, aboriginality, youth and childhood, the body, domesticity, place, identity and female repression. Through these images the photographers make bold statements about the societies in which they live and work.
This project has been assisted by NETS Victoria’s Exhibitions Development Fund, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.