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Let me take you on a tour of a house made of mirrors
You are not at all who you thought you were

~ from 'All of the lights' by Joelistics

Art Gallery of NSW and Red Room Poetry present poetic reflections to the mirrored realms and split selves of Shadow catchers, the Gallery’s current photography exhibition. 

Peer through the looking glass with five commissioned poets, and one specially-selected public poet, as they respond creatively to Shadow catchers, an exhibition of photographs and moving image from the Gallery’s collection.

Adopting the mirror as a metaphoric device and the echo as a visual conceit, Shadow catchers offers a playful portrait of photographic doubling. Revel in poetic refractions and intimate explorations of the way photography and film reflect reality but also upend it in a series of audio recordings co-created with the Gallery.

Co-produced by the Art Gallery of NSW and Red Room Poetry, as part of Sydney Writers' Festival.

Explore the poems, audio and reflections below, or read and listen to excerpts from the poems, alongside images of the artworks in Poetic reflections on Shadow catchers on the Art Gallery of New South Wales website. 

Shadow catchers exhibition

Art Gallery of New South Wales 
Saturday 22 February – Sunday 17 May 2020
Free admission


Shadow catchers competition winner

Thanks to all the poets who entered the Shadow catchers competitionFrom fractured light to hidden selves, the submissions we received revealed the myriad ways a photograph is not merely a reflection... 

Our winning poet, Maddie Godfrey receives a Red Room Poetry commission and joins poets Saba Vasefi, David Brooks, Melinda Smith, Joelistics and Ali Whitelock in creating new poems to be published in collaboration with the Art Gallery of New South Wales.   

Image: Olive Cotton The photographer’s shadow (detail), 1935 Art Gallery of New South Wales





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