Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections

Rosemary Laing, bulletproofglass #7A selection of key photographic works from Sydney’s renowned Museum of Contemporary Art Australia opens at Bendigo Art Gallery on 21 February 2015. Remain in Light: Photography from the MCA Collections is a national touring exhibition that traces the development of contemporary photographic practice over the last 50 years.

Drawing on works from both the MCA Collection and the JW Power Collection, the exhibition presents Australian photographers alongside international and illustrates the story of the recent history of photography from the 1960s to present day.

Remain in Light crosses a range of media including black and white photography, artist books, photolithography and digital photography and brings together around 70 works from artists including Barbara Kruger, Mary Ellen Mark, Tracey Moffatt, Trent Parke, Patricia Piccinini, Mike Parr, Polixeni Papapetrou, Ed Ruscha, William Yang and many more.

Viewed collectively, these works convey how photography has been at the centre of critical debates and themes throughout late twentieth and 21st century art.  From the photo-document to mass-produced imagery, through to the rise of online platforms like Flickr and Instagram as a way of distributing images, Remain in Light looks at how traditional genres of photographic practice have been reinvigorated.

“The Bendigo collection is rich in photographic works and this medium continues to challenge and engage our visitors,” says Karen Quinlan, Director of Bendigo Art Gallery.  “We are delighted to be present this aspect of the MCA collection here in Bendigo alongside our collection as it reinforces the importance and accessibility of photography.”

Remain in Light:  Photography from the MCA Collections
Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo
Exhibition: 21 February – 19 April 2015
Free entry

For more information, visit: www.bendigoartgallery.com.au for details.

Image: Rosemary Laing, bulletproofglass #7 2002, type c photograph, Museum of Contemporary Art, donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Lucy Turnbull, 2009

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