Artist Talk with Barbara McGrady & John Janson-Moore

Barbara McGrady, Sister Girls stylin up, Mardi Gras, 2013

Saturday 30 May | 1pm-2pm
Exhibiting artist Barbara McGrady will offer insight into her artistic practice, influences and inspiration with photographer John Janson-Moore.

Bookings: Free to attend, bookings required.

About Barbara McGrady
Barbara McGrady is a photojournalist born in Mungindi, North Western New South Wales. With her pioneering work, she has captured and documented Aboriginal histories and stories in Sydney, recording historic political, sporting and social moments with her camera. With an archive of images spanning more than thirty years, her photographs offer an important insight into Indigenous life in urban areas, demonstrating the vast spectrum of contemporary Aboriginal experience. McGrady’s photographs provide an alternative image to the representations of Aboriginal life that circulate in mainstream Australian media. In recognition of the importance of her work, she received The Anthony Mundine Courage Award as part of the inaugural National Indigenous Human Rights Award in 2014.

About John Janson-Moore
John Janson-Moore is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, and visual artist working across a broad spectrum of media. His photography is diverse, encompassing portraiture, documentary and conceptual art. In 2013, he won the Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography, Australia’s foremost photographic prize, and a semi-finalist in 2018. In 2016, John was selected as a finalist in the Head On Portrait Prize as part of the biggest photographic festival in Australia. He is a triple finalist for the Percival Photographic Portrait Prize.

His photography has been featured in The Guardian , The Conversation and The Neighourhood newspapers.

John is also a highly experienced director, producer and writer of documentaries, drama and short films. His work has seen him produce a range of creative media content, from broadcast television to the web.

His film and television work centres around character driven narratives that explore and illuminate the human condition, with an emphasis on irresistible story telling and drama at its heart. He wrote and directed ‘Not In My House’, a series of dramatized shorts which won an ATOM Award in 2012, while his film ‘Kidnapped!’ made its world premiere at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, in competition for the Silver Wolf Award. ‘Kidnapped!’ was supported by the Sundance Foundation (USA) and the Japan Foundation. John has worked widely in broadcast television, including with the ABC and SBS in Australia. John’s artistic work traverses a precarious line between documentary and fiction, exploring the notion of ‘truth’  in people’s personal, social and public lives. His practice is placed within the media arts, situated media and photomedia contexts. John’s film, photographic and art works have been exhibited extensively both in Australia and internationally. His work is currently held by the State Library of New South Wales as a part of the Pandora Archive, a joint venture with the National Library of Australia. He holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).