Telling Tales: The Child in Contemporary Photography

7 June – 14 July 2001

Di Barrett, Pat Brassington, Kate Butler, Anne Ferran, Bill Henson, Nicola Loder, Mark McDean, Tracey Moffatt, Deborah Paauwe, Polixeni Papapetrou and Ronnie van Hout

Telling Tales is an exhibition of photographs of children and childhood. The photographers variously recreate memories of childhood, explore childhood through the family album and found images, or create theatrical tableaux which represent more sinister and haunting views of the displaced and dispossessed.

Representations of children are culturally loaded and marked with a symbolic importance that can render them almost as sacred. The child is a symbol of all that is pure, innocent and full of the promise and aspirations invested by contemporary society. While commonly described as "the best years of one's life", the memory of childhood is laden with a powerful nostalgia, upon which we project our pain, joy and desire.

A Monash University Gallery touring exhibition. Curated by Katarina Paseta and Samantha Vawdrey. Catalogue essay by Anne Marsh.