Lisa Sorgini (AU)

Thick Like Water

29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022
Image: Lisa Sorgini, [Joan and her son, Redfern], 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Lisa Sorgini, Joan and her son, Redfern, 2019. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 22 May 2022


Duckboard Place [i]
Duckboard Pl, Melbourne
24 hrs




Wheelchair access



Exploring the dynamics in a number of families residing beyond the commonly represented lived experience of parenthood and using contemporary and classic photographic techniques, Australian artist Lisa Sorgini’s PHOTO 2022 commission will reflect on parents as they are today.

The dominance of the nuclear family – despite its roots in colonial and misogynistic understandings of the family unit – has long worked to overshadow the truth in the variety of ways family and kinship is formed. The construction of ‘parent’ as identity is much more complex for those who have lived experience of motherhood and parenting outside of this, with the onus of representation often falling upon the families themselves. Sorgini’s work will highlight the shared experiences of pregnancy, motherhood and parenting that lie within a broader spectrum.

A celebration of life and humanity, of parents and their children and contemporary family systems. It offers meaningful discourse around motherhood and parenthood as both identity constructs and action – offering an emotional and cultural family dynamic narrative steeped in themes of love, identity, resilience, and kinship.

Curated by Photo Australia

Supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund, an Australian Government initiative

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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