Jody Haines from Brisbane Powerhouse at Chobi Mela

'Bandicoot with quince', 2005, by Marian Drew
‘Bandicoot with quince’, 2005, by Marian Drew

jody haines
Jody Haines
Jody Haines ? Slide-show: Australian Photography
Tuesday, 29 January, 6PM, Goethe-Institut
Jody Haines ? Workshop:?Curating 101
2- 5 February, Pathshala
Jody Haines is the?Curator and Exhibitions Co-ordinator?for?Brisbane Powerhouse, one of Australia?s leading Multi Arts institutions. Together with Brisbane Powerhouse she? has developed a solid programme of documentary based photography delivering over 90 photographic exhibitions ranging from international to local artists. Haines is the curator for the slide-show on?Australian photography?and will also hold a?workshop?on curating at?Pathshala.
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Chobi Mela VII Workshops: Call for Application

Make the most of this unique opportunity
Deadline- 10th Jan, 4pm (BDT)

1. Morten Krogvold workshop
Title- Aesthetics in Photography by Morten Krogvold
Jan 26 ? Feb 01, 2013 Continue reading “Chobi Mela VII Workshops: Call for Application”

Curating 101 by Jody Haines

Curating 101
By Jody Haines
This 4-day workshop on curating is designed for the photographers in Asian countries who are interested in curating and want to be engaged in the process of curation.
The workshop will help the participants to understand the basic steps of curating, from generating ideas to implementation. Process includes how to design an exhibition, how to install it and how to create a space for the audience to interact with body of work.
Workshop facilitator Jody Haines/ curator of Brisbane powerhouse start working with each participant in February 2nd, right after the 1st?week of Chobimela, international festival of photography in Dhaka.
Jody will share her work process. Along with lectures the participants will be given assignments to curate a body of work as a sketch.
Workshop Details

  • Venue-?Pathshala, 2nd Feb to 5th Feb, 2013
  • Language-?Workshop will be conducted in English
  • Timing-?Workshop will meet everyday from 10.30 am to 5 pm- but participants should be prepared to put in longer hours.
  • Fee-?100 US Dollar/ 8000 thousand Bangladeshi Taka
  • Logistics-?The fee is?excluding the cost of accommodation, food, Visa fee and all kind of logistics. The students should carry his/her digital camera and Laptop on his own.
  • Participants-?10-12 students
  • Eligible– We will give more priority to young (under 30) students from Asia.

Portfolio submission

  • Curatorial project/ photographic portfolio– Max 15- Story/Series
  • Dimension– 800 pixels, save as 8, jpeg
  • Story text– Max 300 word
  • Bio– Max 300 word
  • Letter– A short letter explaining why you are interested in this workshop.
  • Send to-? in one zip file)

Application Deadline:?Jan 10th, 5 pm (Dhaka time), 2013
For more information please contact?
Bio ??Jody Haines
Jody Haines is a Curator of Photography from Australia with over 10 years of curatorial practice.??She has been the curator at Brisbane Powerhouse, one of Australia?s leading Multi Arts institutions, for the past 6 years. During this time she has developed a solid program of documentary based photography delivering over 90 photographic exhibitions ranging from International to local artists.??Jody?s main passion is for storytelling and providing a platform for the community to gain a glimpse and an understanding of the world we share.
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Trespassing on Gallery Walls

Sir Arthur C Clarke in his Colombo home. Photo: Shahidul Alam/Drik/Majority World

“I’d better put on my sincere smile” he said as he straightened up realising I was about to take his picture. Arthur C Clarke, the king of Sci Fi, was only half joking. The sincere smile is certainly not the monopoly of the pre-election campaigner. I find myself doing it when I spy a camera. Or put on a more sombre expression depending upon what seems more appropriate. I straighten my hair. Others turn away, some beam, some get embarrassed. The camera is rarely something one is inert to. Our image something we jealously guard.

The photograph trespasses in other ways. The fine art critic, unsure of how to value the medium, is uncomfortable in photographyland. Flirting with reality, rejecting the norms of classical art practice, the deliberately banal, the quietly provocative, the inanely repetitive and even the stunningly picturesque photograph, unsettles viewers on gallery walls. Is it good? Should I like it? Should I pay? Continue reading “Trespassing on Gallery Walls”

Traces of Absence


An exhibition of photographs by Shahidul Alam

There is a wall running along a street. The writing on it is fragmented and cannot quite be made sense of. The image was taken in the middle of the night and a yellow glare was allowed to invade the site, as the wall slipped away at an angle. A shadowy presence barely registered on the shot. This urban setting, one is tempted to say, could be nothing but the scene of a crime. The sinister, uneasy beauty of this work by Shahidul Alam informs other images that are part of his new series, again and again. Others are eerie, otherworldly; and others still, seem familiar yet are anguished, as if the common ground for existence was being subtracted from the picture altogether.
Photography is usually taken at face value and recognized as the construction of a factual world, and celebrated as such, for facts possess a no-nonsense value – or so we would like to believe – that will hopefully help us to get things crystal-clear in the mind. The printed image is envisaged and expected, by the many who support this view, to be self-evident, and self-explanatory, too.
To transform photography into the art of tracing an absence is not a method that is self-evident, and yet a case can be made for it: the print, which is an image on its physical support, is one more object added to the world and is often made to stand for what once was, never to be fixed or grasped in the same manner again. But in the images of this series, what is it we are missing that fills us with anxiety of some kind or another? When acutely perceived, an absence stops us in our speech, it wracks and unnerves us; it unsettles the mind. Absence, as a matter of fact, can be identified, can be lingered on and felt, but cannot be quantified and any attempts at giving a qualified description of the feelings involved are bound to fail.
Whatever one is led to believe should be expected of contemporary photographic work in the documentary mode, this series challenges starkly. Artificial lighting has been used throughout and its effect is not just strange but painful. The series offers no narrative to behold but the images hold together, perhaps because their author finds different ways to remind us that we will not find a place to rest our heads in them. These are nocturnal viewings in a sleepless night.
Jorge Villacorta
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