David Rosetzky Composite Acts

6 February –
6 March 2021
Composite Acts #2
David Rosetzky

Composite Acts #2

, 2021
Inkjet print on Canson Rag Photographique paper
106 x 81cm (framed)
Ed. of 3 + 2APs

David Rosetzky’s enigmatic project Composite Acts traverses video, choreography, performance, set design and photography to explore non-binary identities and the relative and fragmentary nature of the self.

To produce the work, Rosetzky interviewed his collaborators about their personal relationships and family histories to devise a script that forms the nexus of the piece. The script is subsequently spoken, deconstructed, and integrated with choreographed movement enacted in dialogue with a suite of sculptural objects.

The exhibition also features a new series of colour photographs that draw upon the performative language and material of this collaborative project.


A series of Composite Acts performances with choreography by Jo Lloyd, performed by Shelley Lasica, Arabella Frahn-Starkie and Harrison Ritchie-Jones, accompanied by a suite of sculptural set-pieces by Sean Meilak.

Date: Saturday 06 March
Times: 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
Venue: Sutton Gallery, 254 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Duration: 30 minutes
Tickets: Sold out

Due to density quotients and social distancing measures, places are strictly limited. Each performance will also be live streamed, details to follow.


Composite Acts is an official exhibition of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography. The project was developed with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. This exhibition is supported by a City of Melbourne Quick Response Arts Grant.

Artist biography:

David Rosetzky is a Melbourne based artist and educator with an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to art making. Often working with practitioners from the fields of theatre, dance, and film – he creates videos, installations and photographic works in which identity is intimately observed.

With an extensive exhibition history both in Australia and overseas, Rosetzky has presented his work in over 30 solo exhibitions and 60 group exhibitions. His Portrait of Cate Blanchett, 2008, was exhibited in The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Centre for Photography in New York. In 2005 he was awarded the Anne Landa Award for the Moving Image. Rosetzky’s recent projects include Composite Acts, 2019 – 2021, originally commissioned by Channels International Biennial of Video Art, and Being Ourselves, 2020,  at Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, commissioned as part of Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind. In 2014 the Centre for Contemporary Photography curated the survey exhibition True Self: David Rosetzky Selected works, which toured nationally.

Rosetzky’s works are held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, Art Gallery of Western Australia, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. David has a PhD in Visual Art from Monash University and currently teaches in the Master of Photography program at RMIT University.



Choreographer: Jo Lloyd; Performers: Shelley Lasica, Arabella Frahn-Starkie, Harrison Ritchie-Jones; Set Designer: Sean Meilak; Cinematographer: Katie Milwright; Sound Designer/Composer: Duane Morrison; Video Editor: James Wright; Producer: Eyvonne Carfora; Sound recordist: Steven Bond; 1st Camera assistant and focus puller: Redmond Stevenson; 2nd Camera assistant: Shang-Lien Yang; Wardrobe assistant: Daniel Hindson; Additional Costume: Nita-Jane McMahon, Anna Pontelandolfo; Additional props: Anne Kucera; Colour by: Crayon Colourist: Daniel Stonehouse; Compositing: Lumberfly; Compositor: Josh Thomas; Filmed at: Idea Studios, Brunswick.


Photographic assistants: Sasha Kane, Marisa Ho, Nick Walters; Hair and Make up: Meg Guthrie; Wardrobe assistant: Ella Argent; Location: Lumi Studios; Digital postproduction: Peter Hatzipavlis; Printing: Peter Hatzipavlis, PSC Printshop.

Artist’s profile