Sanja Pahoki (AU)

A Detail Which Catches the Eye

29 April 2022 - 04 June 2022
Image: Sanja Pahoki, [The Fall], 2021-22. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents.

Image: Sanja Pahoki, The Fall, 2021-22. Courtesy the artist and Sarah Scout Presents.


29 April 2022 - 04 June 2022


Sarah Scout Presents [i]
Level 1/12 Collins St, Melbourne
Thu – Sat, 12pm – 5pm




Wheelchair access

By appointment

The work of Croatian-born, Melbourne-based Sanja Pahoki continually hovers between melancholy and angst. Pahoki utilises photography, neon, video and text to manifest her nuanced observations of everyday life. Existential issues such as the nature of self and the role of anxiety are recurring themes, while individual works constitute elements of a larger self-portrait, documenting and archiving Pahoki’s relationship to those important to her—most particularly her family.

In Roland Barthes’ book on photography, Camera Lucida, he describes the punctum as a detail which catches the eye, some small aspect that provokes an intensely subjective response. He places this feeling in the order of loving. Barthes also describes the punctum as a wound that embodies both desire and death.

Pahoki’s exhibition of new photographic work explores what it is to find oneself wounded by the gaze of another.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

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