Heide announce exhibition of US photographer Catherine Opie

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Heide announce exhibition of US photographer Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie Heide
Words by Luca Cesarini

Heide Museum of Modern Art has announced an exhibition of American photographer Catherine Opie.

Presented at Heide from 1 April to 9 July this year, Catherine Opie: Binding Ties brings together more than 50 key works traversing the artist’s historic and recent practice. Since the 1990s, Opie has investigated the ways photographs document and give voice to social experiences in America.

Opie remains well known for documentation of political movements, queer subcultures and urban transformation through images of contemporary life that comprise a unique portrait of America.

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Opie’s work will be set on Heide’s 16 acres of parkland with Yarra River frontage, which has been a home of inspiration for creative talent since 1934, collaborating with emerging artists as well as celebrating those who have made major contributions to Australian and international art. In 1994, Heide exhibited eighteen of Opie’s portraits in the exhibition Persona Cognita, curated by Juliana Engberg, which represented Opie’s first showing in Australia.

Now almost three decades later, Heide will present Opie’s early, most recognisable works exploring constructions of gender and sexuality, through alternative conceptions of the nuclear household, to more recent explorations on solidarity and collective action in the face of proliferating global crises.

“The exhibition is an exciting opportunity to consider Opie’s remarkable body of work from new perspectives,” Heide Artistic Director Lesley Harding said. “From her iconic portraits of her friends and contemporaries to photographs and digital animations giving voice to political and environmental issues that concern and unite communities across the world.”

Catherine Opie: Binding Ties is the first chance for audiences to experience a major survey of the internationally celebrated photographer’s work here in Australia.

For tickets, visit the Heide website here.