Amy Stein & Stacy Arezou Mehrfar / Tall Poppy Syndrome / November 27 – December 21 2013

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As Americans we are taught to strive for success and celebrate those who distinguish themselves from the crowd. Tall Poppy Syndrome runs contrary to everything we know. From the moment we first heard this term we were compelled to investigate it further. In March 2010, we embarked on a month-long road trip around New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state. We set out to meet everyday Australians and explore their reaction to this cultural phenomenon. Our journey is recounted in these photographs.

Amy Stein’s work explores man’s evolving isolation from community, culture, and the environment. Her photographs have been the subject of numerous national and international exhibitions, and are represented in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; among many others. Her first monograph, Domesticated, was published by Photolucida in 2008.

Stacy Arezou Mehrfar is a first generation American artist and lecturer currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Predominately working on long-term projects that explore cultural identity, her images have been exhibited in the United States, Australia, Poland, and Germany. She has received distinctions from the Moran Arts Foundation, Perth Centre for Photography, Photography.Book. Now, the Camera Club of New York, the Centre for Photography at Woodstock, among others. Mehrfar’s images are held in several public and private collections worldwide.

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Tall Poppy Syndrome, The Melbourne Review, November 2013
Tall Poppy Syndrome, Excerpt Magazine Blog, 27 November 2013
Natasha Mitchell, ABC Radio National, Life Matters interview, 26 November 2013
Jillian Grant, Tall Poppy Syndrome, Artist Profile Issue 25, November 2013
Tall Poppy Syndrome Exhibition & Book, Australian Photography News, 04 October 2013
Conor Risch, Pack Mentality, PDN, March 2013