ANU Drill Hall

Exhibition: Incommensurable

An exhibition of Australian contemporary photography (and two video works) at the ANU Drill Hall Gallery (Canberra) till 8 April 2018

Comments from Gael Newton:

It is always a treat to see a photoshow especially one like this curated by Director Terence Maloon to bring together a gamut of approaches of the traditional black and white reportage versus tableaux-documentary colour mural print approaches that are usually kept separate inside and outside the tent of contemporary ‘photo art’.

The Danziger photos make you wonder what happens to aid money when so little is needed to change the prospects of the families he photographed a decade or so apart. All of us could crowd fund enough to keep everyone of his sitters alive and safe but how to do it?

The juxtaposition with reformist reportage heightened my exploration of the socio-political threads of the still and moving colour works.

Seeing David Stephenson and Martin Walch’s video work on the Derwent a factory belching in the background reminding us of the perils nature faces to survive was mesmerizing. Congratulations to the Drill Hall ANU for acquiring the work partly as a companion piece to the famed Nolan riverbend panels. Nolan could depict his riverine world with colonial ghosts – we know the river is now fighting for its life.

In the gallery’s own words:

In even the most perfunctory effort to describe the characteristic phenomena of our age, we are struck time and again by how much the world is out of joint – by the incredible disparities in the circumstances and conditions of different parts of society and different parts of the world, in people’s lived experience and what they can possibly hope for.

Curated by Terence Maloon, the works in this exhibition by Nick Danziger, Merilyn Fairskye, Ciara O’Brien, David Stephenson, Martin Walch, Anne Zahalka set up conflicting perspectives that highlight some of the more troubling aspects of our globalised age.

My words: Contemporary Australian photography at its best.

Highly recommended that you visit – at least once – and then more…









The exhibition includes black & white photojournalism by Nick Danziger. When you take in these images and read any of the labels, it makes you wonder that how is it that this world exists in the same space as our own – the same planet.

In the galler’s own words:

Nick Danziger is a documentary photographer, author and activist who has spent the past 25 years documenting the world’s most dispossessed and disadvantaged people.

His work is witness to their battle for dignity, resources, education and opportunity in the face of relentless poverty; highlighting the gulf between the affluent West and some of the world’s poorest countries.

Revisited assembles an extraordinarily stark portrait of life on the edge. The series exposes the obstacles that lie in the way of the eight ‘Millennium Development Goals’ set by the United Nations, with the aim of eradicating poverty by 2015.







The above is accompanied by a small exhibition of Jacqueline Bradley – here’s one image – with more in the room with Nolan’s Riverbend.


Nolan’s Riverbend – housed in its own room. Definitely worth spending time with this – gets better each time.

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