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Photographique Noire: A Solo Show
December 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am - January 31, 2021 @ 6:00 pm
Join us at in.cube8r Prahran for Photographique Noire: A Solo Show
In this beautiful solo show photographer Photographique – Noire presents Victorian Gothic; a series of work in collaboration with David White Photography, inspired by the dress and imagery of the nineteenth century and the fashions of the Gothic subculture that began in 1980’s England. There is a loose narrative to some of these images, the suggestion of a story that invites the viewer to imagine the message.
The exhibition is accompanied by a picture book featuring images from another series titled Beautiful Dead Girls. Shot on location in semi-urban bushland, the photographs feature finely dressed young women lying gracefully on the ground, their vivid evening gowns contrasted with the natural colours of their surroundings. Beautiful Dead Girls speaks of vulnerability and fragility, the need for respect and admiration – both for nature and the feminine spirit.
Within these series there is a yearning and admiration for what has been and gone – a reverence for the quality of finely crafted items, as eschewed by English artist and designer William Morris. There is influence from photographers and models active on Model Mayhem and Deviant Art during the late noughties; including Dalai Harma, Mad-Dame, Winter-Simbelmyne, Atrophy and Brent Liederitz, among others.
For Photographique- Noire, photography began to form as an emotional and artistic expression from high school. Self-portraiture became a vehicle to process the tumultuous relationship of her inner landscape. Analogue black-and-white photography enabled refinement of composition and subject matter. A Diploma of Applied Photography was invaluable in developing a deeper understanding of the medium, working with models and creating still-life compositions in the studio. Moving into colour photography was like stepping into a new world, learning to understand the dialogue between colours. The work experience, mentorship and honesty provided by David White Photography was equally fundamental in developing style and technique. Photographique-Noire is the cathartic, concept-based realisation of ideas expressed through narrative. These explorations are now being challenged to grow deeper and fuller through studies in a Bachelor of Fine Art.