Small moments

As the hours, days and weeks in which we have recently been confined to our homes compressed and merged into an endless monotony, certain moments of beauty that have been lurking in the minutiae of domestic ordinariness shone through. The slowing of my once busy schedule provided more opportunity for reflective movements. I’ve become mindful…

Go back in time and explore Queensland through photography

We look back to Queensland’s settlement through the pioneering photography of Richard Daintree (1832-78). Daintree moved to Queensland in 1864 where he ran pastoral properties, explored new territory from a geological perspective, and indulged his interest in photography. This selection of photographs are from a group of 20 Queensland images from around 1870. The surname…

What do Easter Island monoliths and Mona Lisa have in common?

With Easter festivities at our doorstep, we couldn’t resist sharing our own Easter Bunnies, they don’t have seasonal chocolate eggs to deliver, however what they can do is bring us all some joy. The irreverent appropriation performed by Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning in his photograph Easter bunnies 2004 creates new meaning through juxtaposition. The significance…

Mao Ishikawa: Photographs from Okinawa

A unique selection of vintage photographs from the 1970s and ’80s by Mao Ishikawa document life in Okinawa in the years following the island’s return to Japanese sovereignty and are remarkable for the detail with which they capture their subjects’ social and cultural milieu. What is now known as Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture was once…

Anne Noble’s cabinet of wonder is a living photograph

In 2018 for The 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT9), New Zealand photographer Anne Noble created a multi-part project at the heart of which is Conversatio: A cabinet of wonder 2018, a functioning beehive or ‘living photograph’. Bees can be observed entering the Gallery, before disappearing inside the cabinet and going about their…

Photography: A visual reference for curators and researchers

QAGOMA’s Research Library is home to the documentation behind the Asia Pacific Triennial series of exhibitions, which forms the basis of the archives of the Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art (ACAPA). In preparation for the 2016 exhibition ‘No.1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966–2016’, curator Ruth McDougall delved into 23 years of archival…