REFLECTIONS ON ABORIGINAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: TIFFANY GARVIE & ALAN STEWART
SHOW DATES: 28 JUNE – 15 JULY
OPENING RECEPTION: 29 JUNE, 6-8 PM
Discover the captivating beauty and rich cultural heritage of the Indigenous landscape through the lens of two extraordinary artists, Tiffany Garvie and Alan Stewart. West End Art Space proudly presents its 2023 NAIDOC art exhibition, inviting you on a visual journey that showcases the diverse art practices within the Indigenous landscape photography scene.
Known as an events, landscape and portrait photographer, Tiffany has a passion for telling stories in images. A finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize, and Koorie Heritage Art Show RMIT Award winner, Tiffany has been a regular on the Melbourne events scene for a number of years. With a portfolio that ranges from classic portraits to abstract macro landscapes; and, from archival documentary to First Nations cultural events, Tiffany’s work is as diverse as her interest in the world around her. A Gunggari woman whose cultural ties lie in south central Queensland, she was raised on Yolngu country up in Arnhem Land, and now calls Naarm home.
Tiffany’s stunning city night photographs portray the evolution of humanity and its industrial splendour, where excess equals success. Large metallic prints mounted on di-bond aluminium pop from the walls inviting you to join the excitement within the metropolis. The more you look, the more you lose yourself in the scene. Portraying a celebration of humanity’s growth, but at what cost? What damage does the shiny city hide with our excess consumption and overflowing waste, and is it as beautiful as we think?
Alan Stewart is a proud Taungurung, Filipino-Australian man. He has worked in both the corporate and public sectors and currently works for the Department of Justice and Community Safety in the Aboriginal Justice Group.
He is a photographer predominantly focusing on landscape and street photography, and has premiered work at various festivals including Yirramboi, BlakHeart and PHOTO 2021. He was also the recipient of the Metro Tunnel Creative Program 2D Award at The 8th Koorie Art Show in 2021.
Southward, is a body of work conjured through Melbourne’s unified lockdown where I longed for my connection to country. Country has always been my escape and connection to my culture. Without it, I lost a sense of self and a way to revitalise my spirit. Those early mornings and long drives helped me to see what’s special about being on country, land that holds such a deep meaning to my ancestors. I look back now and realise how lucky I was.
Taungurung, 2022 was taken on Taungurung land, the piece provides a slice of Country that brings forth self-reflection, connection and intrigue. I can still feel the coolness of the day and how that washed over me to help me move forward and deeper onto Country.