Five Female Artists Across Four Exhibitions


Grandmothers and granddaughters, poetic perceptions, mango pickles, scenes from the everyday and the persistence of memories: these are the themes currently circulating across four exhibitions at the Centre for Contemporary Photography. Bringing together five female artists from various parts of the world, the exhibitions are a mixture of photography, image stills and Super 8 film.

For Naomi Cass, CCP director, each of the exhibitions presents highly researched work that explores a variety of ideas across various locations.

“We are reminded of the joyous capacity of art to speak across boundaries, cultures, class and beliefs, regardless of language and other barriers,” says Cass. “Each artist makes profound work arising from their engagement with the world, with technology and ideas.”

Gallery One features the work of Japanese artist Utako Shindo, who presents a meditation on the very act of perception. Titled That is, like a brief moment to be filled, the show uses image stills to explore the fleeting nature of our experiences of the world.

Meanwhile Andrea Grützner’s photographs invoke a painterly feel. The German artist presents two bodies of work, Tanztee and Erbgericht, which revolve upon a very specific guesthouse in Saxony, Germany. While Erbgericht displays images of the historic guesthouse, invoking links between architecture and memory, Tanztee shows the hypnotically repetitive imagery of women dancing in the guesthouse on a Sunday afternoon.

The third show, Indri Pickle Lab, Mango Pickle, stems from the relationship between Indian grandmother-granddaughter duo Inderjit Kaur and Jasmeen Patheja. The pair began collaborating over a decade ago as Kaur held an interest in acting and Patheja wanted to pursue photography. While their work spans both photography and film, their latest project is a video of Kaur acting the part of a scientist, humourously sharing her specialised knowledge of how to prepare Punjabi Mango Pickle.

Last, but not least, is Laresa Kosloff’s Snap happy and other Super 8 films. As the title implies, Kosloff’s work is a series of films which explore people in everyday situations. Yet there is also a dissociative element to Kosloff’s imagery. Rather than being engaged in various activities, Kosloff’s figures appear to be misplaced within time and space.

That is, like a brief moment to be filled
Utako Shindo

Tanztee and Erbgericht
Andrea Grützner

Indri Pickle Lab, Mango Pickle
Inderjit Kaur and Jasmeen Patheja

Snap happy and other Super 8 films
Laresa Kosloff 

Centre for Contemporary Photography
8 June – 23 July

Preview Words by Tiarney Miekus