Above Below exhibition launches in Sydney

New work by Above Below, a contemporary photography and mixed media collective, will explore experiences of displacement, personal trauma and solitude in its inaugural exhibition at Paddington’s Comber Street Studios from Thursday.

Emily May subverts commodified beauty photography to reveal the true allure beneath. Drawing on experience as an Indonesian artist 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 on display, created between London and Sydney, Emily May makes space for the complex reality of femininity by celebrating traditionally marginalised bodies. Image: Emily May

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

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

Image: Drawn by the beauty of nature’s quiet places, Jonathan Rae pays reverence to our contrasting landscapes through a photography series titled “The Alps”. Jonathan spends a great deal of time photographing on the corners of the world, often alone, and draws power from the solitude found there. Jonathan’s works are calming yet meditative, presenting a private world that extends to the viewer. Image: Jonathan Rae

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

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

Through a collection of mixed media works, Deelan Do reclaims the nonlinear narrative of consent. In a visual conversation of vulnerability, he draws on his personal experience and surrounding stories of casual trauma as cathartic fuel for momentum. What might seem to be the surface is an embodiment of the underneath. Image: Deelan Do

Attendees can sign up through Eventbrite and Facebook Event, or alternatively arrive at the door on the night. 

You can find out more about the exhibition here. 

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