Exhibition | The Sievers Project



CCP Fitzroy | Melbourne – Gallery 2

Jane Brown, Cameron Clarke, Zoe Croggon, Therese Keogh, Phuong Ngo, Meredith Turnbull and Wolfgang Sievers

The Sievers Project

Six early career artists, working in photography through to installation, have responded in diverse ways to renowned Australian photographer Wolfgang Sievers (1913–2007), icon of 20th century Australian photography.

Sievers’ commercial practice exemplifies mid-century positivism and modernity, and the mythmaking role of photography. As a German Jewish immigrant, he had a strong interest in refugees and human rights issues as well as an expressed commitment to representing the dignity of labour. The Sievers Project presents key historical works as a context for engaging the past through the present.

Photographers Jane Brown and Cameron Clarke have followed in his footsteps to industrial clients Sievers photographed and valorised, finding sites that are visually dynamic within industries now in decline.

Through her intrepid, research-based practice, Therese Keogh has developed a materially-rich work from the starting point of a single, anomalous photograph Sievers took at the Roman Forum in 1953. Meredith Turnbull draws on his connections with Melbourne’s design community in the 1950s and 60s, including Gerard Herbst and Frederick Romberg.

In Sievers’ photographs of industrial sewing machines and their machinists, Phuong Ngo finds shared stories of young Vietnamese refugees and the journeys taken by their mothers. Zoë Croggon positions fragments of Sievers’ iconic architectural photographs against found photographs of the human body in movement.

Curated by Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane, with project management by Phillippa Brumby.

To be opened by Julian Burnside AO QC, Australian barrister, human rights advocate and author.

A satellite of The Sievers Project will be exhibited at the Melbourne Art Fair, 13–17 August.

Public Programs

Join the CCP email list to receive details of these forthcoming free and paid events.

Artists and Curators Floortalks
Saturday 14 June, at noon
Centre for Contemporary Photography
The Sievers Project artists in conversation with curators Naomi Cass and Kyla McFarlane.
Free event.

Talking Sievers
Wednesday 16 July 6–8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
A Sievers expert and exhibiting artists riff on Sievers in this exclusive event.
Paid event. Bookings essential.

The Sievers Project Public Programs at Walsh Street
In collaboration with Centre for Contemporary Photography, The Robin Boyd Foundation presents a series of discussions on themes inspired by The Sievers Project, including architectural photography and the process of commissioning in architecture, photography and contemporary design.

Presented at Walsh Street, the house architect Robin Boyd designed for his own family in 1957. Now the home of the Robin Boyd Foundation, Walsh Street is an exemplar of modernist Australian architecture.

Architectural Photography, then and now
Wednesday 30th July, 2014 6–8pm
Paid event. Bookings essential

The Nature of Commissioning
Wednesday 27th August, 2014 6–8pm
Paid event. Bookings essential

Art This Way
Sunday 17 August, 2014 2–3pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Stalking Wolfgang Sievers: with artists Meredith Turnbull and Cameron Clarke
Free event.

error: Content is Protected