Lisa Tomasetti (AU)


01 March - 24 March
Lisa Tomasetti_Ascendant_ 2022_2023_ archival pigment print on photo rag paper_122 x 82cm

Image: Lisa Tomasetti, Ascendant, 2022/2023.

Clouding our binary ideas of gender.


01 March - 24 March


James Makin Gallery [i]
89 Islington St, Collingwood
Thu – Sun, 12 – 5pm
or by appointment


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In Manifest Lisa Tomasetti reflects on gender identity and the role contemporary photography plays in the representation of the ‘female’ image.

In the past, the ephemeral nature of clouds defied scientific classification. Artists saw clouds as anti-structure, anti-order, and representative of the complexity of human mood or aspiration—as transports of gods and angels.

Through the constancy and indifference of clouds, Tomasetti responds to historic, costumed representations of ‘authentic‘ gender. The models’ historical costumes define them as hetero-normative, yet closer inspection reveals the costs of conformity and convention. The clothing and gender conventions they symbolise are restricting and restrictive. Depicted in the process of liberation from these constraints—ascendant, carried aloft by the clouds—Tomasetti’s subjects unravel in an un-grounded escape from the restrictions of gender-based impositions.

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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.

01–24 March