ONLINE ARTIST TALK

Photo Live: Atong Atem

Wed 20 Oct 2021 | 9 - 10am London | 7 - 8pm Melbourne

Free
In partnership with Photo Australia

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ABOUT THE EVENT

Join artist Atong Atem (Australia) in conversation about their practice with Dr Zoé Whitley, Chisenhale Gallery (UK).

This event is part of an international season of PHOTO LIVE talks presented by Photo Australia, Melbourne in collaboration with Autograph. The ten free online conversations between artists, photographers and curators from Australia and the UK will explore ideas of identity and belonging in the context of human rights, representation, and social justice. This program highlights the importance of centring black, Indigenous, feminist, queer and other marginalised voices and storytelling in photography.

These talks are part of our exhibition Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other and are taking place in the lead up to PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography (29 April – 22 May 2022).

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Atong Atem

Atong Atem is an Ethiopian born, South Sudanese artist and writer living in Narrm/ Melbourne. Atem’s photographic practice explores migrant narratives, postcolonial practices in the African diaspora, and concepts of identity, home, and liminal space. Her dynamic portraiture references widely, from Malick Sidibe and Seydou Keita to science fiction writer Octavia Butler. She was awarded the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria and MECCA M-Power scholarship in 2018 and the Brisbane Powerhouse Melt Portrait Prize in 2017.

You can follow the artist on Instagram and see more of Atem's work on her website.

About Photo Australia

Photo Australia produces PHOTO International Festival of Photography in Melbourne and across regional Victoria. Delivered in collaboration with over 40 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities, the Festival features free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions, alongside events and education programs. The Festival invites artists, curators, writers, academics and audiences to interrogate the major issues of our time through a central theme. The theme for PHOTO 2022 is ‘Being Human’ and the Festival will run from 29 April to 22 May 2022.

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PART OF THE UK/AUSTRALIA SEASON 2021-22

This program is part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22—a collaboration between the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, under the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. The theme of the Season is ‘Who Are We Now?’ and will reflect on the shared history, current relationship and imagine the future of the two nations.


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Images, from top: 1) Atong Atem, 'Sahara' [detail], 2020. Courtesy the artist and MARS Gallery. 2) Atong Atem. 3) PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography Install: Broomberg & Chanarin, Spirit is a Bone, 2013 Photo: J Forsyth. 4) Silvia Rosi, from Neither Could Exist Alone [detail], 2020. © and courtesy the artist, commissioned by Autograph for Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other.