Identifying Culture brings together three discrete series of artworks by emerging Australian photographer Amy Pfitzner. Through her practice she embraces conflicts and curiosities, which are allowed to enter her images, many of which explore issues of identity in relation to family and culture.
Pfitzner herself is a part of a growing generation of ‘white’ Indigenous Australians, with her Indigenous ancestry lying with the Kokatha people of the west coast of South Australia, whilst her other ancestory is of English, German and Irish. Many of her artworks bring to light a personal feeling of disconnection, and subsequent desire for reconnection to traditional Aboriginal culture, established through the platform of new media. As such the works shown within Identifying Culture question a person’s identity and cultural history,an identity that is slightly obscured, or hidden behind a new urban or ‘white indigenous’ perspective of place, and contemporary equipment.
This is Amy Pfitzner's first solo exhibition. She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Photography) at the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. In addition to her studies she has worked as a photographer at the South
Australian Museum since 2012, working with the Insect Collection.
Image: Amy Pfitzner, Father (Family Culture), 2012, Giclée print on Metallic Pearl paper, 100 x 100 cm.
I had the privilege of attending the opening of Amy's "Identifying Culture" exhibition at Tandanya, the opening was part of a group show and featured traditional dancing and high ceremony. Tandanya is possibly the best art space in Adelaide, and Amy's work takes it's place well. Amy's work is grand and mesmerising, I found myself returning to it to study. I highly recommend you visit Tandanya and experience these works for yourself. - Paul