Vee Speers Media Release for The Birthday Party by 305rEL


									Vee Speers
The Birthday Party
Byron McMahon Gallery 26 September – 4 November 2007

In her highly acclaimed latest series The Birthday Party Australian expat Vee Speers
has as Mathew Wood explains stripped away the stereotypes of childhood in a far cry
from the usual idealisation of the ‘happiest days of our lives’. She reveals the cruelty,
vulnerability and duplicity of children. She captures children happy to play with
imperfection and embrace the grotesque; children with a sense of danger and
disregard for the social expectations of a birthday party smile.

Speers has created a unique series of images where her child models take an active
role in a bizarre and often unsettling “game of dress-up” complete with masks and
costumes. These images, like the tonality of the actual prints, are ambiguous neither
black and white nor colour, adult nor childlike.

Vee Speers was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1962 and studied Fine Art and
Photography at Queensland College of Art. From the mid 80s she worked as a stills
photographer with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney and in 1990
she moved to Paris where she works as a fine art photographer.

She has exhibited in London, Paris, Japan, Italy, Tunisia, Brazil, Mexico, Australia
Ireland and the United States, and her work has been published on the cover of The
Sunday Times, and in American Black + White, Fotomagazin, The New Nude, Shots
Magazine, Australian Black + White. Her second book Bordello with a foreword by
Karl Lagerfeld was released in May 2006 and distributed world-wide.

Byron McMahon Gallery
88 George Street
Redfern, NSW, 2016
Tel. (02) 9318 0404
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm FREE ADMISSION
Vee Speers
Brief C.V.
Solo Exhibitions

      2007 The Birthday Party Byron McMahon Gallery, Sydney
      2007 The Birthday Party Sirius Arts Centre, Cork County, Ireland
      2006 Bordello exhibition with book signing at the Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, London
      2006 Bordello and Parisian series exhibited at Sandra Byron Gallery, Sydney
      2005 Vanities exhibition at the Marina Patrich Gallery, Goiania, State of Goias, Brazil
      2005 Vanities exhibition for the festival FotoArte at the Thomas Jefferson Center,
      2005 Une Australienne a Paris- Exhibition of 50 Fresson prints from the Parisian and
       Bordello series at La Galerie du Passage, Paris
      2004 Photography Festival in Tunisia- Rencontres de Ghar El Melh. Animation of
       workshops for children in collaboration with AGFA
      2002 Exhibition of Bordello at the Past Rays Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
      2002 Exhibition of Bordello at the Ken Damy Gallery, Brescia, Italy
      2001 Exhibition of Skin series, La Tirana, Mexico. ‘Second Skin’ image used to
       promote the International Congress of Sexual Diversity at the U.N.A.M, Mexico City
      2001 Skin exhibited at the Alliance Francaise, Mexico City
      2000 Skin exhibited at La Casa Lamm, Mexico City. Sponsored by the Australian
       Embassy for the Festival of Light and Photo Septiembre (the month of the photo)

Group Exhibitions

      2007 Australian Embassy in Paris, “Objectif Feminin”.
      2007 Work from The Birthday Party series exhibited at AIPAD, New York, with Byron
       McMahon Gallery in April
      2006 30 Days of Fashion, Hearst Tower, New York City. Exhibition and auction of 30
       iconic fashion photographs for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
      2006 The Portrait exhibition at The Photographers Gallery, London
      2006 Work exhibited at AIPAD, NYC, with Sandra Byron Gallery
      2006 In the Realm of the Senses, Alliance Francaise, Sydney
      2006 The Body Familiar: Current Perspectives of the Nude, Griffin Museum of
       Photography, Boston
      2005 The Photographers Gallery, London
      2005 Murmurs Alliance Francaise, Sydney, for Le Mois de la Photo
      2005 Women Photographing Women at Stephanie Hoppen Gallery London
      2004 The Photographers’ Gallery Summer Show, London
      2002 Festival Foto 2002 Portfolio in Piazza of Savignano ‘sul’ Rubicone. Works
       acquired for the Clerici Collection, Bescia, Italy
      2002 Exhibition of Bordello with the group Neobjectif for the Salon Comparisons,
       Espace Auteuil, 75016, Paris
      1999 Skin exhibition at Stills Gallery, Sydney

Permanent Collections

      Clerici Collection, Italy
      George Eastman House, NY
      Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas

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