Courtesy the artist and the Australian Centre for Photography GILBERT GARCIN
On Thursday May 12 a group of third year Photomedia students took a trip to Sydney to see selected exhibitions as part of the Head On Photography Festival. After a sketchy start - late coffee, an unworking installation and a delayed opening - we made it to the Art Gallery of New South Wales for Eikou Hosai's Theatre of Memory exhibition, Landscape and Place and the Anne Landa Award for Video art where most of us were charmed by Charlie Sofo's cat piece, the intriguing sculptures of local Ian Burns and David Haines & Joyce Hinterding's overwhelming interactive piece. On foot we headed to Artspace, Monstrosity and Roslyn Oxley galleries via Sherman Contemporary Art Space and Barometer where a very generous Catherine Rogers spoke to us about her sumptuous prints and work. Our journey took in more galleries as we made it to the Australian Centre for Photography for the Head On Portrait Prize and perhaps the pick of the day exhibition, Gilbert Garcin's The Man Who is an Image. This 80 year old artist is a relative newcomer and truly inspiring.