Artist talk - Jamie James and Thanh Vuong
Join us to hear from two artists whose work explores and adds to the visibility of the LGBTIQA+ community.
Jamie James’ show Humans being brings a personal selection from their queer and sex radical/fetish performance social documentary archive that spans more than three decades. Jamie will look back and reflect on their work documenting Sydney’s queer, sex radical, gender diverse and performance communities since 1993.
Thanh Vuong‘s series In my garden, the trees are changing is his contribution to the rich tapestry of homoerotic art, representing gay men, their bodies, and their identities. Thanh will talk about his work to give visibility to these men and help sow the seeds of change.
About the artists
Jamie James (1968- ) is a freelance photographer whose work is informed by the ways people connect, hold memory and culture, and find identity and place. Over 30 years, Jamie has built an extensive visual archive in collaboration with Australian LGBTIQA+ communities and our First Nations and South Sea Islander peoples. In 2018 the State Library of NSW acquired 170 photographs from Jamies's social documentary archive for their Indigenous Acquisitions Unit.
Jamie co-produced the successful Cross Projections 2006-2013 with Roslyn Sharp and was on the Head On Photo Festival selection panel 2011-2015. They have been a finalist in many photographic prizes, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Moran and Australian Life Photographic Prizes.
Since 1993, Jamie has documented Sydney's queer, sex radical, gender diverse and performance communities, spanning analogue and digital shifts and crossing the millennium. A selection from this archive titled QUEERDOM was exhibited in Head On 2019 with trans queer writer Quinn Eades.
Thanh Vuong is a Vietnamese-Australian artist based in Melbourne. Graduating from the Photography Studies College in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Photography in 2017, Vuong explores themes of gender politics and the representation of queer identities, masculinity and the male body.
In my garden the trees are changing has received state and national awards. These include first prize in the Leica and Ilford Excellence in Photomedia Award 2017 from Melbourne's Centre for Contemporary Photography. He was a finalist in the British Journal of Photography's first Open Walls competition in Arles, France, in 2019. Vuong is currently represented by BOYS!BOYS!BOYS!, an initiative of the Little Black Gallery, London, that promotes the work of 65 queer artists worldwide.
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