Last Tuesday 15th May I was fortunate enough to be invited to the See Jane Run … Exhibition to document the Opening Night. The exhibition is part of the Head On Photo Festival run in Sydney every year.
The Head On Photo Festival is one of the largest festivals of it’s kind in the world, with over 200 events across 100 venues spread all over Sydney. Now running in it’s third year, the festival not only fills galleries and museums with amazing artwork from local and international artists but also moves into less formal venues such as cafes, pubs and Centennial Park.
This year the festival runs from 4th May till 3rd June 2012.
As I mentioned earlier, the See Jane Run … Exhibition had it’s opening night on Tuesday 15th May. The basis of the exhibition is to explore gender roles, beauty ideals and body image. Like a lot of artwork, the basis of the project is to “stir the pot”, to get people thinking and talking about how we perceive ourselves. Also how society and the media influences that perception, especially towards women.
The project was started by four female photographers Emma Phillips, Julie Sundberg, Anna Warr and Fiona Wolf. With 50% of all donations and also any sales on the opening night going to White Ribbon Foundation, a foundation in Australia campaigning to stop violence against women. White Ribbon were on hand at the Opening Night to offer support, which also included their chairman & ambassador Andrew O’Keefe speaking to the crowd.
With artwork ranging from female rodeo riders in northern New South Wales to male models posing like centerfolds, the exhibition definitely got people talking!
The See Jane Run … Exhibition runs from 15th May till 27th May at Depot II Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo NSW.
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