Dirty Feminist / Shades of Pink / June 05 – 22 2013


Shades of Pink by Dirty Feminist examine confrontations between highbrow feminism and female sexuality and ask: what place does female sexuality currently have in circles of contemporary feminism?

Dirty Feminist┬áis a collaboration created by Vanessa Howells and Tyler Payne in 2012. Their photography and video works are placed in the genre of self-portraiture. Humour marks the artists’ self-examination. They experiment with pixelation for two ends: a subversion of the practice of censorship, and the distortion of aesthetic norms of photography.

Payne and Howells are emerging Melbourne artists’ who met at RMIT University during their 2011 Honours year in Fine Art Photography and completed a successful exhibition at the RMIT School of Art Gallery. Payne is currently undertaking her Masters of Fine Art Photography at RMIT University and has been exhibiting in group shows at 69 Smith St Gallery, Brunswick St Gallery and George Paton Gallery in Melbourne since 2008. She participated in the 2013 Midsumma Festival with a group exhibition at Project Space Spare Room Gallery. In 2012 Howells and her partner Tim Ainsworth opened Thirds Fine Art Printing. She has been exhibiting in group shows at 45 Downstairs Gallery, 69 Smith St Gallery and Off the Kerb Gallery since 2006. This year the artists have been specializing in colourful one-night exhibitions at Kings ARI and Brunswick Arts Space.

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