THE TAXONOMY OF DESIRE
15 FEBRUARY - 23 MARCH 2014
The use of the camera creates a delicate relationship between the photographer and the subject that raises questions of desire, identity and exploitation. The Taxonomy of Desire explores these tensions in photography through the works of Emmanuel Angelicas, Karen Paulina Biswell, Larry Defelippi and Max Pam.
Emmanuel Angelicas' "subjects are varied, but always elliptically revolve around the human figure, the human body. Fertility ceremonies with phalluses in Japan, prostitution in late-night Bangkok, eccentric scenes in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville. It is true that in most of these he searches for a type of extreme intensity, not an inventive snapshot or a neutrally charged scene."
Karen Paulina Biswell says about her work "I never begin an investigation with the intention of exposing a particular social or political message. Rather, my work is autobiographical. This comes from my internal desire to explore the boundaries of human sentiments: vulnerability, strength, sexuality and authenticity."
Larry Defelippi's work has a certain "Murakami-esque game of sexual hide and seek punctuating the flow of his production. His interior life seemingly fashioned into a visual language of reflected and recollected emotive experience”
Max Pam's "photographs extend upon the tradition of the gazetteer; each photograph a record of an experience, a personal account of an encounter somewhere in the world. Each glimpse is part of an unfolding story rather than simply a record of a place observed. While travel underscores his production Pam’s photographs are not the accidental evidence of a tourist.”