Yonder (within sight but not near)

Yonder (within sight but not near)

Jenny Papalexandris

FEATURED EXHIBITION

Festival Year :

2021

Exhibition Description

Yonder traces a poetic visual narrative along the Amtrak Crescent line from Penn Station, NYC, to New Orleans, Louisiana. The thirty-hour train journey induces deep reverie.  
 
The very concept of 'yonder' as 'something within sight but not near' becomes a metaphor for an unattainable destination. It is a cinematic story without a clear trajectory, progressing in a circular rather than linear movement. Just as the train's speed blurs and obscures, so too do our memories of the past. We retain only selective images, 'landmarks' that remain fixed in our consciousness.   
 
The imagery is brooding and heavy with a suffocating lack of light and air. The urban decay, romantic melancholia of the landscape become dark indoor hotel rooms that return to the platforms and train once again. We passively observe the world, the ever-changing view, from the train window.  

 

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Artist Bio

Jenny Papalexandris is a visual artist based in Australia. With a Master of Art and a Bachelor of Education (Art), she explores photography as a subjective response to the world of light and shadow through highly expressive and visually commanding images. Thematically rich and diverse, her work is imbued with a strong sense of poetry, symbolism and metaphor and positions viewers in a state of mystery and wonder.  
 
Jenny exhibits nationally and internationally, particularly in the USA, and has participated in photography exhibitions and festivals in Australia, Spain and Italy. Papalexandris' photography book published in 2016, Five Bells_Being LGBT in Australia was a two-year project launched at Aperture Foundation in New York.  

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