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18:35 to 37:40 mins– Alison Bennett is a Photographer and Michelle James is the acting Visual Arts Coordinator at Kingston Arts. They are here to discuss Alison’s ‘expanded photography’ exhibition called muliebrity & other collaborations on at Kingston Arts Centre in Moorabbin– from 19 January to 25 February.  It is part of the Midsumma Festival. Alison was exposed to art and computer by her grandmother and father respectively. She studied art and photography in the 80s and has just finished a PhD in digital art practice. She has exhibited her work consistently for 10 years and also teaches photography history and digital imaging at Deakin Uni. Michelle studied art at Monash, has a studio practice, and finds working for the community sector a good way to nourishes her social arts practice. The word ‘muliebrity’ means the qualities of a woman.  Alison wanted to look at female/feminine identity expression in queer culture. Thinking of women in her life who you can’t pick are straight or gay but they are expressing who they are, which is a queer woman. In her work– patrons are in a darkened space donning 3D glasses and 6 different women walk out of the dark one by one towards a piece of glass.  Each presses her face against the glass and then steps back and walks away.  This takes about 10 minutes which is long enough to have ‘an encounter with an idea’ and is ‘designed to be contemplated’. It is projected using anaglyph 3D and it feels like the woman is in the space with you. The work is also going to be shown on an outdoor projection space called The Bridge.

About Alison Bennett

www.alisonbennett.net

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