Nina Gilbert and Sean McKenzie’s work evolves from collaborative research into witnessed and recounted history, and an interrogation of place through immediacy. They share an impulse to investigate a subject by examining from a centrifugal viewpoint and developing an understanding through the gaze of the camera lens.
Versions explores impressions of seemingly everyday encounters through photographic images and text based works. Photographs portray and obscure candid moments within the urban environment while text takes on the form of enlarged, fragmented scripts to develop and displace narratives. The elusive nature of the scripts and photographs both allude to and mask their subjects, providing a platform for imagined scenarios.
The work follows on from Gilbert and McKenzie’s previous collaboration From night to day to night which uses footage taken from a landmark location, The Twelve Apostles alongside composed witness account statements and a series of found ‘test’ slides of everyday interiors and workspaces. Speculative language layered over repeated imagery perpetually shifts the position of the subject and the viewer.
Nina Gilbert is an artist based in Melbourne, her practice uses photography and video to question the relationship between image, encounter and event. Taking peripheral or abstracted points of view, the work tests traditional notions of plane and perspective, while providing the viewer with a sense of familiarity brought through an tension or presence in the work. Nina graduated with Honours at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014. Recent exhibitions include The image shadow, the shadow general at Bus Projects 2016, Associations at Fusion Art Gallery, Torino 2016, Points of Advantage at c3, Melbourne, 2015 and Archiving and Fragmentation in the Digital Age with SOAP at Fort Delta, Melbourne, 2015. She is a member of SOAP collective.
Sean McKenzie is a writer and Artist living in London. His work explores moments between fiction and non-fiction through the lineage of both personal and collective memory. He graduated with Honours from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2014.