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Contingencia en Colombia

Friday, 15 April 2016


Contingencia is a photographic project exploring the aesthetics of the photographed female nude informed by classical nudes that manifest both portrait orthodoxy and Western art culture. Drawing upon Roland Barthes’ concept of the punctum as read through Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytical concept of the Real, the project endeavoured to develop an aesthetic of visual pleasure to liberate the female nude from a predominant psychosexual reading, and advocate a revisualisation of the nude as a less sexually objectified form.

Photographed in Colombia with a medium format film camera, the photographs reflect the contingent and serendipitous elements that are a hallmark of analogue photography. The negatives developed in Colombia were beset with numerous processing faults resulting in an abundance of artefacts – scratches, stains, squeegee marks, and light leaks. These artefacts contribute to an aesthetic that speak of the contingencies of the developing world, while also providing the work with entirely unintentional detail that questions the blunt factuality of photography.

This exhibition represents a body of creative work produced as a part of Larry Defelippi’s Honours Research. For additional contextualisation of content and research please see his thesis - Reframed: A Collection of Photographs, and Capturing the Real: Reframing Visual Pleasure in the Photographed Female Nude, an Exgesis.

Event details

Contingencia exhibition runs from Friday, 29 April until Saturday, 7 May 2016 at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

Opening event

This exhibition will be officially opened by Dr George Karpathakis
Date: Thursday, 28 April 2016
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist Talk

Date: Friday, 29 April 2016
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours

Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Saturdays 12.00pm - 5.00pm


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