REAL | LOCAL
By: Atong Atem
5 May - 25 July 2021 • During opening hours • CS Gallery
Award-winning artist, Atong Atem, shares contemporary photographic portraits alongside works from a collaborative project with students from Melton Secondary College and Staughton College. Atem’s photography and video work explore contemporary identity through portraiture, with a focus on de-colonising narratives in the African diaspora. She explores the ways we construct images to understand ourselves, our history and our surroundings. Her intimate portraits are vibrant and sentimental performances, which at the same time honour the authenticity of the individual, and record a moment in political and social time.
Atem has exhibited her work across Australia, including National Gallery of Victoria, MUMA Monash, Gertrude Contemporary, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Internationally at Red Hook Labs in New York, Vogue Fashion Fair in Milan and the Unseen Amsterdam photography festival.
Image: Atong Atem, Three Women, 2019, digital photograph on archival paper.