Olga Bennett The right eyesOpening: Wednesday 2 August, 6-8pm Dates: 2 August - 26 August 2017
In ‘Atlantis’ Hannah Black recounts her visit to an underwater museum and ancient rock carvings that she saw:
“The carvings showed, or seemed to show, given empathy’s limitations, that in the minds or lives of the ancient people – not ancient to themselves but as new as we are now – there existed some kind of extraordinary wild cow. But the technologies that could receive and make use of this incredible cow, the right eyes, the right practices, are lost.”
How can we recoup this loss, and what of technologies acquired in the meantime? Can they be of any use?
‘The right eyes’ tests the possibility of practicing photography in a speculative mode, in order to redeem the loss of its documentary function.
Olga Bennett graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2016, receiving the Evans Family Award for Photography. She has participated in collaborative and curated exhibitions in Melbourne at The Substation, BUS Projects, Center for Contemporary Photography, CAVES, C3 Contemporary, George Paton and Margaret Lawrence gallery and internationally at CalArts gallery (Los Angeles), and gallery Kiitos (Japan). She was a recipient of multiple Center for Contemporary Photography Salon awards, a Melbourne University Student Union Arts grant, and was shortlisted for Footscray Art Prize (2017) and Majlis Travelling scholarship (2015).
Documentation by Christo Crocker.