Dark Room Encounters

26 April 2022 - 20 May 2022
Image: Lesley Turnbull, [Untitled #1], 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Lesley Turnbull, Untitled #1, 2020. Courtesy the artist.


26 April 2022 - 20 May 2022


First Site Gallery [i]
Basement, 344 Swanston St, Melbourne
Tue – Fri, 11am – 5pm




Wheelchair access



Dark Room Encounters feature the work of Alice Duncan, Lesley Turnbull, and Ciaran Begley. Spanning photography, moving image and sculpture, this exhibition draws upon land and time to explore the intersections between ecology, identity politics and place.

Dark Room Encounters is a group exhibition of artists exploring relationships to self, place and site through light-based practices, image-making, and sculpture. In light of ongoing local and global events, the works transform the gallery space into a site of refraction and reflection – asking the viewer to reconsider how they interact within the world around them.

The three artists in Darkroom Encounters are brought together from seemingly disparate, yet pertinent, practices. Images of [re]constructed past selves sit alongside images of proposed futures, as well as light-based projections that refresh themselves in the present. These works are interwoven with three-dimensional sculptural objects feature on the floor of the gallery – are these guides or obstacles?

This exhibition attempts to underscore the nuanced complexities of collectively living on colonised land. Combining digital and analogue imaging techniques, Darkroom Encounters invites audiences through multi-layered encounters with artworks that purpose a place where embodied views intersect- and new perspectives emerge.

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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

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

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