CARRIAGEWORKS AND BRESICWHITNEY COMMISSION ARTIST SAMUEL HODGE – MEDIA RELEASE
April 14, 2015
Carriageworks and BresicWhitney commission artist Samuel Hodge to create series of 30 works celebrating the diversity of Redfern
– BresicWhitney announced as first major visual arts partner for Carriageworks –
Carriageworks, together with visual arts program partner BresicWhitney, have commissioned Sydney based contemporary artist Samuel Hodge to create a series of 30 photographic works celebrating the diverse communities and unique character of inner Sydney’s Redfern. The commissioned works will be shared as part of an Instagram competition encouraging people to share their own images inspired by Redfern with the hashtag #redfernlife.
The initiative marks the first collaboration between Sydney based lifestyle property group BresicWhitney and Redfern based Carriageworks, Australia’s most ambitious contemporary art and cultural precinct. BresicWhitney are the inaugural Carriageworks visual arts program partner supporting a range of Australian and international art projects throughout 2015.
Samuel Hodge will capture 30 photographic images on film that explore the contemporary character of Redfern’s places and people. The images will be shared through the Carriageworks and BresicWhitney Instagram accounts over four weeks commencing Tuesday 14 April 2015.
Lisa Havilah, Carriageworks Director, commented: “We are excited to be working with BresicWhitney on this unique project with respected Sydney artist Samuel Hodge. Through this initiative we hope to encourage people to share their own images of Redfern on social media, building a visual tapestry of the diverse and evolving face of Carriageworks’ home suburb.”
“This project will gather a diverse range of visual images that reflect the cultural complexities of Redfern and the diverse mix of communities who live in the suburb that is based on Gadigal land,” added Ms Havilah.
Shannan Whitney, Director of BresicWhitney, said: “BresicWhitney is proud to be involved with the concretion of new commissioned work and for the opportunity to celebrate local artists, people and the suburb of Redfern.”
“We acknowledge Carriageworks as an ambitious and risk taking arts organisation that is able through its artistic program to give a voice to Sydney’s social and cultural diversity, and to share poignantly Australian stories,” added Mr Whitney.
Commissioned artist Samuel Hodge, said “I’m excited to undertake this commission and to work with Carriageworks, BresicWhitney and the local Redfern community. This isn’t going to be a direct comment on Redfern, but more a fantastical parallel universe of the suburb in collaboration with its locals.”
The winner of the #redfernlife Instagram competition will be announced Thursday 14 May across Carriageworks and BresicWhitney social media channels and will receive a 10 year Friends membership to Carriageworks along with an original photographic print from the commission by Samuel Hodge. The competition is open from 14 April until 13 May 2015.
INSTAGRAM COMPETITION DETAILS: #redfernlife is an Instagram competition. The judges, including artist Samuel Hodge, are looking for images that make an original and striking statement that captures the contemporary character of Redfern and the surrounding precincts. Any aspect of Redfern can be depicted an everyday occurrence, an unusual or particular moment or place, the diversity of culture or subcultures, individual differences, celebrations or rituals, or the natural or manmade environments. The competition will run from Tuesday 14 April until Wednesday 13 May 2015. Images should be uploaded with the hashtag #redfernlife and must also be tagged with @carriageworks and @bresicwhitney. Selected competition images will be shared across Carriageworks and BresicWhitney Instagram accounts. The winner of the #redfernlife Instagram competition will be announced Thursday 14 May across Carriageworks and BresicWhitney social media channels and will receive a 10 year Friends membership to Carriageworks along with an original photographic print from the commission by Samuel Hodge.
ABOUT BRESICWHITNEY: BresicWhitney is a lifestyle property group that responds to the energy and emotion of inner Sydney. Known for its fresh approach to people and property, BresicWhitney values innovation in all its forms. Over the last five years it has sought to break the mold as a residential property group, by welcoming a new conversation about inner city living. Not defined by conventional suburb boundaries, the BresicWhitney approach to property reflects the lifestyle of modern residents, who choose the city as their playground.
ABOUT SAMUEL HODGE: Samuel Hodge (b. Glen Innes, Australia) is an artist whose projects have taken the form of exhibitions, publications, online platforms, fashion shoots, and text based work. His practice is centered on the reappropriation of the archive through the medium of photography. Through the selection and then reconstruction of found imagery, he manipulates the intention of the original image in order to interrogate modes of narrative and constructions of the self at play in photography. His images and their subjects are instead submitted to a state of ambiguity; to a constant state of ecstatic and desirous resistance to conclusive representation. His work has been shown in exhibitions in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Sydney.