An exhibition of intense and evocative photography by contemporary Australian photographer, Katrin Koenning

Published by: Monash Gallery of Art | 2-Apr-2019
Swell, by Katrin Koenning, highlights our current state of urgency in the environmental field. In this new body of work, seen for the first time at MGA, Koenning avoids expected tropes of disaster-imagery, offering counter-narratives in order to focus on what is at stake and to decipher how humans and nature impact on each other. The artist has had a long involvement with photography through photojournalism and long-form documentary projects, investigating and deciphering the ways that humans and nature impact each other. @mga_photography @k_koenning @areadingroom @eastwingphoto @climarteaus
Venue: Monash Gallery of Art
Address: 860 Ferntree Gully Road Wheelers Hill VIC
Date: 9 March - 12 May 2019
Ticket: Free entry
Call: 03 8544 0500
Katrin's work sits at a beautiful and curious intersection between documentary and personal narrative photography. Her photographs offer an intimate view of what it means to live in a fragile environment, and visitors will be intrigued and beguiled by what they find. We are particularly glad to be showing this body of work for the very first time and for part of the exhibition to enter the MGA collection. This is a topic and series very close to the artist's heart and a brilliant opportunity for Victorian audiences to see one of our brightest early career photographers.' - Pippa Milne, MGA Senior Curator

Koenning's exhibition sits as a contemporary response to tradition of environmental photography of the 1970s and 1980s. We now live in a world where wilderness photography can be captured by drones and with new technology. The access that Koenning seeks to nature is psychological rather than technical. Her work is alluring and unsettling, giving a sense of the beauty of the earth as well as nature's precariousness.

Swell is a commissioning project by MGA with works by Koenning to enter MGA's collection.

MGA presents this exhibitions as part of the CLIMARTE Festival: ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019. ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially-engaged festival of climate change related arts and ideas featuring curated exhibitions and theatre works alongside a series of keynote lectures, events and public forums featuring local and international guests.

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