Opening of the exhibition Above Below in Sydney

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New work from Above Belowa contemporary photography and mixed media collective, will explore experiences of displacement, personal trauma and loneliness in their inaugural exhibition at Comber Street Studios in Paddington from Thursday.

Emily May subverts commodified beauty photography to reveal the true allure behind it. Drawing on an Indonesian artist’s experience in Australia, her works reject commercial boundaries – revealing how diverse perspectives, in front of and behind the camera, can coalesce to challenge dominant frames of reference. With 7 photographic works exhibited, produced between London and Sydney, Emily May makes room for the complex reality of femininity by celebrating traditionally marginalized bodies. Image: Emily May

The collection features works by three Sydney-based artists, spanning stories from Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Emily May Gunawan, one of the three artists on display, said the project was born out of a shared desire for expression through art, particularly photography and mixed media.

Image: Attracted by the beauty of calm places in nature, Jonathan Rae pays homage to our contrasting landscapes through a series of photographs entitled “The Alps”.  Jonathan spends a lot of time photographing around the world, often alone, and draws his strength from the solitude there.  Jonathan's works are soothing yet meditative, presenting a private world that extends to the viewer.  Picture: Jonathan Rae
Image: Attracted by the beauty of calm places in nature, Jonathan Rae pays homage to our contrasting landscapes through a series of photographs entitled “The Alps”. Jonathan spends a lot of time photographing around the world, often alone, and draws his strength from the solitude there. Jonathan’s works are soothing yet meditative, presenting a private world that extends to the viewer. Picture: Jonathan Rae

“We found parallels between our experiences as artists in Sydney, but we all bring unique perspectives,” she says.

The exhibition features the work of May, Deelan Do and Jonathan Rae, and runs until November 29.

Through a collection of mixed media works, Deelan Do asserts the non-linear narrative of consent.  In a visual conversation about vulnerability, he draws on his personal experience and surrounding stories of occasional trauma as cathartic fuel for momentum.  What might appear to be the surface is an embodiment of the underside.  Image: Deelan Do
Through a collection of mixed media works, Deelan Do asserts the non-linear narrative of consent. In a visual conversation about vulnerability, he draws on his personal experience and surrounding stories of occasional trauma as cathartic fuel for momentum. What might appear to be the surface is an embodiment of the underside. Image: Deelan Do

Attendees can register through Eventbrite and Facebook Event, or arrive at the door in the evening.

You can find out more about the exhibition here.

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