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MOPA - Defining Place/Space + Talking With A Friend

  • Museum of Photographic Arts 1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101 United States (map)

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia represents the current state of contemporary photography in Australia through the work of thirteen artists including several whose work is being shown in the United States for the first time. The featured photographers were nominated by five Australian senior curators of photography; finalists were selected by MOPA’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Deborah Klochko.

The exhibition shows that art-making in Australia is not just about the flora and fauna of the country. The artists reflect many different perspectives on the creativity that exists in the country. The nomination of four Aboriginal artists touches upon the country’s relationship with indigenous people, and the ways that history affects art-making. Defining Place/Space is more than what people will expect. It shows a country at the forefront of photographic image-making, opening a dialogue with the rest of our world about the place Australia holds in the creation of art.

Artists featured in the exhibition include: Hoda Afshar, Polly Borland, Pat Brassington, Michael Cook, Rosemary Laing, Ricky Maynard, Tracey Moffatt, Polixeni Papapetrou, Trent Parke, Patrick Pound, Jacky Redgate, James Tylor, and Justine Varga.

A fully illustrated catalog will accompany the exhibition, and be available for purchase from MOPA’s store and website.

Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia is made possible by the generous support of Olivia and Peter Farrell, the Massey Charitable Trust, and the Gardner Bilingual Fund.



Talking With A Friend: Portraits by Bern Schwartz

Bern Schwartz embarked on an exciting new chapter in life when he turned his energy to photography at the youthful age of sixty. Inspired by friendships he made with notable photographers of the time, Schwartz’s goal was “to create pictures that are true to the personality of each subject, and [would] stand the test of time…”

Talking With A Friend: Portraits by Bern Schwartz showcases photographs made by the artist from 1977-1978. The exhibition features portraits of Prince Charles, David Hockney, Twiggy, and Zandra Rhodes among others. All of the images come from MOPA’s photography collection, generously donated by the Bern Schwartz Family Foundation in 2017.


Earlier Event: September 5
Riverside Artswalk + CBU Photography
Later Event: September 28
CBU Photography Academy