Tuesday July 14

Island – Australia

The Copper House Gallery
St Kevin's Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8
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No man is an island, but some of us live on them. Australia – though a daunting expanse, is an island, as diminutive a connotation as that word may have. This exhibition does suit the title – it is very much about Australia’s places, people and culture, and the photographers themselves are a case study in Oz’s young and emerging talent. Standouts include Markus Andersen, whose documentary urban photography (based in Sydney, largely) reminds you that Australia isn’t just the outback and beaches and Jesse Marlow, a Melbourne-based photographer who has an eye for bizarre human abstractions and wit. Of course, some of the work is approached from the outside looking in, such as that by Wouter Van de Voorde, a native of Belgium who lives and works in Canberra. All in all, it’s an arresting exhibition which is made all the more interesting because it questions your own presumptions about what Australia actually is, if you’ve never been there before.

Photo: Katelyn Jane Dunn