Portraits of Men begins with paintings and objects from the University of Sydney Union art collection, The University of Sydney art collection and the University of Sydney image archive.
These portraits of men – which represent a large proportion of portraits in the collections – adorn key spaces across the university, namely in The Grand Hall, where graduate ceremonies are held. Rarely seen in mass outside this formal university context, the presentation of these portraits at Verge Gallery aims to create a space for questions of power, patriarchy and practices of portraiture and collection.
Portraits by contemporary artists Vincent Namatjira, Cherine Fahd, Abdul Abdullah, Joan Ross and Shannon Field slice through the formal portraits, presenting alternate histories and stories. These artists examine what portrait.
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