Photoshoot: 500 Strong with artist Ponch Hawkes

Photographer Ponch Hawkes is working on a project called 500 Strong which involves photographing 500 nude portraits of women over 50.

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Photoshoot: 500 Strong with artist Ponch Hawkes

Quick Info

When:
10 – 11 August 2019
Where:
Shepparton Art Museum, 70 Welsford Street, Shepparton
Cost:
Free

Ponch is asking women from the Goulburn Valley to participate by having their portraits taken at SAM for the Flesh After Fifty project.

Women of all cultural backgrounds over 50 encouraged to participate.

Photoshoots take 15 minutes, to book into your session please visit www.fleshafterfifty.com for more information.

Background

We live in a society swamped with images, where high value is placed on physical appearance and an association between attractiveness and youth, particularly for women. Flesh after Fifty will explore and challenge negative stereotypes of aging whilst celebrating and promoting positive images of older women through art.

Australian artists have a history of photographing, painting and sculpting the female form, mostly by and for men whose interest in exploring youth, vulnerability and beauty has dominated the images we recognise. The way in which artists portray older women often reflects public attitudes. Images of older women have changed over the last century as fashion, community, politics and society have changed. Much of the time, images of older women are absent altogether. Some artists, however, are able to rise above fashion and convention to externalise personal desires and aspirations that challenge preconceived perceptions and expectations.

Artist Information

Ponch Hawkes is an Australian photographer whose work has been widely exhibited and is part of the Australian National Gallery, NGV and State Library of Victoria collections. The subject matter of Hawkes’ work is documentary, and can be seen as a commentary on Australian society and cultural life since the 1970’s. Her work considers topics of the body, the community and relationships we hold to both, within a feminist framework.

 

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