Queertography
Visual Arts & Design

Queertography

Fri 17 Feb - Sun 5 Mar | 12 hours Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Head On presents Queertography. An outdoor photography exhibition celebrating LGBTQIA+ experiences, visibility, and giving depth to queer representation.

Photography has always played an essential role in the queer community. It is a means of being visible – visibly queer, visibly gay, visibly true.

Queertography is an insightful installation of photographic art that explores LGBTQIA+ experiences caught on camera. Against the gorgeous backdrop of the Paddington Reservoir Gardens on Oxford Street – the beating heart of Sydney Mardi Gras – Head On Foundation displays a diverse series of photography that adds depth to queer representation and explores intersectional experiences. Keep an eye out for events and artists’ talks as part of Queertography.

The exhibition features the work of internationally renowned photographers;
– Jamie James’ (they/them) series Humans Being, a social documentary archive of queer and sex radical/fetish performance spanning three decades.
– Jenny Papalexandris’ (she/her) series Five Bells: Being LGBT in Australia, visual narratives of everyday life among queer-identifying people, from celebratory images of weddings to portraits of rural youth and asylum seekers.
– Paul McDonald’s (he/him) series Study of Self explores masculinity, loss, and the artist’s lived experiences through the presentation of archival work, portraiture and landscape accompanied by text and quotes.
– Pierre Dalpé (he/him) series Wigstock, in which he documented the Wigstock festival in Manhattan, NY, over four consecutive years (1992-1995), capturing the fabulousness of drag and disguise in all its glorious forms.
– Thanh Vuong’s (he/him) series In my garden, the trees are changing depicts gay men beautifully and sensually, creating new depictions of the desiring gaze, male body worship, and the erotic pose.
– William Yang’s (he/him) series Rod and Dave’s summer party, a celebratory series documenting queer joy at Rod and Dave’s notorious pool parties.

Queertography is wheelchair-accessible, d/Deaf-friendly, and designed to be inclusive to all.

Queertography is presented on unceded Gadigal land.

Event details

Event details
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Venue : Paddington Reservoir Gardens
Performance notes
  • Australian Premiere
  • Content warnings: Full-Frontal Nudity, Sexual Themes, Some Nudity
  • Performance accessibility:
    Friday 17 Feb
  • Performance accessibility:
    Saturday 18 Feb
  • Performance accessibility:
    Sunday 19 Feb
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Venue details & accessibility
Paddington Reservoir Gardens

251-255 Oxford St Paddington
Telephone: +61 (02) 9665 5865

Dates and times

Paddington Reservoir Gardens

Friday 17 Feb - 8:00am

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Saturday 18 Feb - 8:00am

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Sunday 19 Feb - 8:00am

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Monday 20 Feb - 8:00am

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Tuesday 21 Feb - 8:00am

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Wednesday 22 Feb - 8:00am

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Thursday 23 Feb - 8:00am

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Friday 24 Feb - 8:00am

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Saturday 25 Feb - 8:00am

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Sunday 26 Feb - 8:00am

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Monday 27 Feb - 8:00am

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Tuesday 28 Feb - 8:00am

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Wednesday 01 Mar - 8:00am

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Thursday 02 Mar - 8:00am

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Friday 03 Mar - 8:00am

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Saturday 04 Mar - 8:00am

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Sunday 05 Mar - 8:00am
Reviews

“Head On is simply too big and too popular to be ignored.” Sydney Morning Herald

“Head On... produces an outstanding festival every year." Inside Imaging

"It’s the best possible visible spot in the whole city," she says. "That's what's wonderful about public art – it's accessible to everyone... If you’re somebody who doesn’t interact with the queer community very often, or you’re just coming to work – you have an opportunity to sit and interact and learn about gay families without much effort." [Director of Gaby Baby, Maya Newell, referring to Head On Photo Festival and Gayby Baby installation at Town Hall in 2016.] BuzzFeed

Credits
  • Artist – Jamie James
  • Artist – Jenny Papalexandris
  • Artist – Paul McDonald
  • Artist – Pierre Dalpé
  • Artist – Thanh Vuong
  • Artist – William Yang
  • Presenting Organisation – Head On Foundation
Presented by
  • Head On Photo Festival