Debra Phillips, A talker’s echo — 6 May to 17 June 2023
A talker’s echo
6 May — 17 June 2023
Opening Saturday 6 May, 3 pm
With guest speaker James Gatt, independent curator
Curated by Jasmin Stephens
Conversation: A talker’s echo
Saturday 17 June at 3pm
James Gatt and Keith Munro join exhibiting artist Debra Phillips and curator Jasmin Stephens to explore the continuum of ideas evoked by the public artwork Viva Voce.
Debra Phillips is represented by KRONENBERG MAIS WRIGHT, Sydney.
Banner image: Debra Phillips, production image for A talker’s echo, 2021
Debra Phillips pursues ideas through a range of representational forms, producing photographs, objects and printed matter (including books, prints and newspapers). Interested in systems of knowledge and their intersection with daily life, since the early 1980s she has explored public and private archives to generate questions around history-making, economics, geography and politics. Her photographic work draws on different genres. Using analogue and digital materials and processes, she often draws attention to the indexical limits of the medium. In doing so, Phillips suggests that a photograph should not only be perceived as a complete object in itself, but also as part of an associative field of relationships between photographs. Her wider practice sources negatives and digital files from her own broad collection dating from the late 1970s, so highlighting two critical moments in production: when photographs are captured and when they enter public circulation.
James Gatt is an independent curator and Founding Editor of the dialogical texts journal Kafay Larday. He was previously Associate Director at Sarah Cottier Gallery (2016–2022), and Founding Director of the residency and project space Squiggle Space (2015–2017). In 2022, he curated Elizabeth Pulie’s 30-year survey exhibition at UNSW Galleries, Sydney, and is currently working on Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s 30-year survey exhibition for Wollongong Art Gallery, which opens in July.
Jasmin Stephens; The Cross Art Projects: Jo Holder, Belle Blau & Phillip Boulten; Blair French; Ethan French; James Gatt; Reverend Bill Crews; Julian Bickersteth, International Conservation Services; Royal Australian Mint; and the late Sally Couacaud (Curator of the Sydney Sculpture Walk).
We recognise the unceded land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation within which we live and create. We pay respects to the traditional custodians, promising to listen and learn.