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15 November 2014 - 8 February 2015

new passports, new photography is a celebration of the Gallery’s recent acquisitions of contemporary photography around the theme of portraiture. It brings together over one hundred works – the majority of which are yet to be displayed – that explore how photographers use the camera to reflect, construct and challenge identity.

The exhibition includes several major newly acquired works by Australian Anne Zahalka. Zahalka draws from the history of painting to create tableaux compositions that evidence how identities emerge through layers of social and cultural intervention. In a similar vein, Bindi Cole, Tony Alberts, Darren Siwes, and Fiona Foley’s works play with and critique constructed representations of Indigenous Australians in a colonial culture.

Anne Zahalka The bathers 1989
c type photograph, 74 x 90 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 2013

Landscape has the capacity to shape not only experience, but also the representation of self. Brad Rimmer’s Silence captures this idea in a 32 image series depicting individuals living in the Western Australian wheat-belt.

Young artist Jackson Eaton’s Better half series explores complex relationships between himself, his ex-girlfriend, father and his step-mother. In a similar tone is American photographer Stephen Shore’s incredibly beautiful self-portrait from 1976. It pictures Shore taking a photo of himself from bed in a scrappy New York apartment between the road trips that made him famous.


Jackson Eaton from Better half 2007-2013
c type prints, 30 x 45 cm
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased 2013

new passports, new photography ranges from soft, personal imagery to strong and powerful statements, from the intimate to the deeply political. It represents some of the ways identity is represented and self is shaped through this most accessible yet most challenging of contemporary art-forms.


Pilar Mata Dupont + Tarryn Gill | Graham Miller | Max Pam | Connie Petrillo | Brad Rimmer |

Toni Wilkinson


Tony Albert | Pat Brassington | Bindi Cole | Michael Cook | Jackson Eaton | Anne Ferran | Fiona Foley | Petrina Hicks | Gary Lee | Conor O’Brien | Trent Parke | Darren Siwes | Darren Sylvester |

Anne Zahalka


Roe Ethridge | Viviane Sassen | Stephen Shore

guided tours

Photography and Portraiture

11am & 1pm, Sun 23 & 30 Nov

11am & 1pm, Sundays in Dec (tours end 22 Dec for 2014)

11am & 1pm, Sundays in Jan

5.30pm, Fri-Sun, 23 Jan until 1 Feb (during FRINGEWORLD)

11am & 1pm, Sunday 8 Feb

artist talks

View these short interviews with four of the artists whose work is featured in the exhibition.
Max Pam | Toni Wilkinson | Graham Miller | Connie Petrillo

extended hours | free

new passports, new photography will remain open until 7pm, Fri - Sun, 23 Jan - 1 Feb, during FRINGE WORLD 2015. Join us for a guided tour of the exhibition from 5.30pm.


Header image: Petrina Hicks Emily the strange 2011. Lightjet print, 100 x 98 cm. State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia. Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2014. © Petrina Hicks, 2011. Courtesy the artist and Stills Gallery.



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