How can the archive be used to intersect foreign reality with personal conceptualisation? Is there a trade off between the aesthetic forms of repetition and negation over the historical documentation of the archive? Or does one enhance the other? 

An experimentation with the idea of the proliferation of photography as self-reflective medium, one that has a need to dissect itself

Exhibition at Fort Delta with artists Beth Caird, Xanthe Waite and Grace Wood 11am – 5pm daily, 28 – 30 May

Beth Caird's video collage works layer images and footage, subtitles and soundscapes to reflect on the interiority afforded to women artists and self-identification as an artist. She intends to create a series of exchanges and interventions with artists located overseas using google documents, google hangouts, emails to explore how fiction can be employed dissociatively as a means to tell unspoken truths. 

Xanthe Waite’s practice explores ideas of authorship and materiality in relation to the photograph and the archive. She is interested in (creating) interruptions and obstructions through which we encounter images. These sets of conditions aim to mine the potential inherent in the archive to activate a social function. 

Grace Wood works within a photographically based spatial practice that focuses on the relationship between image and reality. Her photographs are tested through engagement with colour darkroom processes, and the way these processes translate into contemporary modes for understanding conceptual photography. 


Join us on Saturday 30th May 2pm at Fort Delta for a screening of Bernadette (2008) by Duncan Campbell followed by a panel discussion with Victoria Lynn and Elvis Richardson

Following the screening of Bernadette, SOAP are excited to be hosting a discussion with guests Victoria Lynn and Elvis Richardson. Lynn is the current director of TarraWarra Museum of Art, as well as a curator and writer. Richardson is an established artist and writer currently working and residing in Melbourne.

Elvis Richardson is an artist, writer and academic currently residing in Melbourne, who works in a variety of media including photography, sculpture and video.

Victoria Lynn is a curator, writer and essayist. Since 2012 she has been the Director of TarraWarra Museum of Art, Victoria, and has organised and curated a large number of large scale projects and exhibitions, both national and internationally