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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 live performance held at the Gallery.

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Please note: We're closely monitoring the dynamic situation that the COVID-19 is presenting. Shadow catchers events at the Gallery have been suspended and we'll be posting updates on how the project may take a different shape.

Shadow catchers exhibition

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

 

Shadow catchers Poetic Performance

Art Gallery of New South Wales (Art After Hours)
Wednesday 29 April 2020, 6pm-7pm
Free admission

 

Shadow catchers Poetic Tour

Join a special before-hours tour of Shadow catchers with curator Isobel Parker Philip and performances by six poets who respond creatively to this exhibition of photographs and moving image from the Gallery’s collection.

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Thursday 30 April 2020, 9am-10am
Cost: $30 ($25 concession and members) 
bookings essential

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