An image of Internment #4

Elaine Campaner

(Australia 1969 – )

Internment #4

Not on display
Further information

Campaner has written extensively on her work:
"'Internment' images physical and psychological spaces suggestive of the relationship between institutional power and personal vulnerability. The constructed nature of my photographs is also a recognition that we don’t believe in photographs anymore. In a time when images are censored and manipulated in the interests of commercial and state power, I am interested in the idea that perhaps the closest image to reality we may ever experience is a construct of what we suspect but are not allowed to see for ourselves…. The closest an asylum seeker or political prisoner might come to be given a face is through portrayal by a small mass produced figure."

Campaner studied architecture at Sydney University (1989-1994) before studying painting at Sydney College of the Arts (1997-1999). Her work was exhibited in 'Home sweet home: works from the Peter Fay collection', National Gallery of Australia and touring (2003-) and she has been collected by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, the University of Wollongong and others.

archival inkjet print
38.0 x 50.0 cm
Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program
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© Elaine Campaner