The Luminaries: Sketching a City – Portrait of Monash

In celebration of MGA’s 30th Anniversary, MGA will commission four leading Australian photographers to explore the City of Monash by responding to key issues facing the community – a reflection of the city as a microcosm of the nation. Leading Australian photographers Peta Clancy, Lee Grant, Ponch Hawkes and David Rosetzky will shine their own inimitable lens on their chosen topic of interest – local indigenous sites of significance, homelessness, the refugee experience, the suburban migrant experience with a focus on the second generation of migrants and the LBGTQI community. The commission will result in an exhibition at MGA February – April 2020. Key works from each artist will be selected to enter MGA’s Collection, which will have a unique relevance for MGA and its local community. This will help give voice to the marginalised and disadvantaged people in the community, with their experiences and stories shared through the visual arts. The commissioning process will be documented, with the digital interviews and process published online and used in promotions with the artists and their subjects. This documentation will explore the commissioning and the artist’s creative process as well as curatorial and the subjects’ own experiences through interviews.