Jesse Boyd-Reid (AU)

The Gift

Image: Jesse Boyd-Reid, from the series [The Gift], 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Jesse Boyd-Reid, from the series The Gift, 2020. Courtesy the artist.




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Intimacy, family, spirituality and connection find allegorical form in the photography of Melbourne-based artist, Jesse Boyd-Reid. Merging candid documentation with constructed scenarios, Boyd-Reid explores relationships between the self, family and the environment.

Boyd-Reid’s large-scale work The Gift is a reflection on the ways that community and connection enrich our lives. Lines are deliberately blurred to indicate togetherness, and the shifting nature of beliefs around culture, spirituality, sexuality, intimacy and connection to place. This is a realm where ordinary objects act as both images of themselves, and symbols of the rituals that nourish and sustain us.

Commissioned by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

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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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