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Remain in light: photography from the MCA collections

William Yang, Distances 1981, gelatin silver print, Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased 1999. Courtesy of the artist

21 February – 19 April 2015

Remain in Light:  Photography from the MCA Collections is a national touring exhibition that traces the development of contemporary photographic practice over the last 50 years.

Drawing on works from both the MCA Collection and the JW Power Collection, the exhibition presents Australian photographers alongside international and illustrates the story of the recent history of photography from the 1960s to present day.

Remain in Light crosses a range of media including black and white photography, artist books, photolithography and digital photography and brings together around 70 works from artists including Barbara Kruger, Mary Ellen Mark, Tracey Moffatt, Trent Parke, Patricia Piccinini, Mike Parr, Polixeni Papapetrou, Ed Ruscha and many more.

Viewed collectively, these works convey how photography has been at the centre of critical debates and themes throughout late twentieth and 21st century art.  From the photo-document to mass –produced imagery, through to the rise of online platforms like Flickr and Instagram as a way of distributing images, Remain in Light looks at how traditional genres of photographic practice have been reinvigorated.

Exhibition organised and toured by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Entry to the exhibition is free

Julie Rrap, Overstepping 2008, digital print, Museum of Contemporary Art, gift of Andrew and Cathy Cameron, 2008. Courtesy of the artist