Loud and Luminous | Online Exhibition - Week 3

Loud and Luminous | Online Exhibition - Week 3

Loud and Luminous, 2020 Theme - Equality. Celebrating 100 Female Photographers. 

This week we feature artists Fabiana Canepa, Fiona Wolf, Frances Suter, Gemma & Hoyle Farrell, Geraldine Lefoe, Jacinta Giles, Heide Smith, Harriet Tarbuck, Helga Leunig and Hilary Wardhaugh. 



Fabiana Canepa

“Break the Silence” “I am shocked and sickened every time I hear of another woman killed. This was the motivation behind the Alisa Tanaka-King Portrait. Melbourne based artist, Alisa, created The Bird Girls Project - a visual response to the horrifying number of women killed by acts of violence in Australia each year. She draws a portrait for each woman killed, to give a voice to those lives lost and bring awareness, change and gender equality. "The violence will never end unless we challenge gender stereotypes, call out toxic masculinity, and strive for fundamental cultural change. This all begins with equality."

Fiona Wolf

Felix King, Petty Cash Café Marrickville, 2019 ‘I’m not a man, I’m not a woman. My gender expression is in a constant state of evolution. Gender isn’t real, it’s a structure created, enforced, and policed by our society, and I’m here to tear it down. I identify as queer, trans, gender non conforming (gnc) and non-binary (nb). I ask people to use “they/them” pronouns when referring to me. My story isn’t my body. We minimise wildly varied life experiences and perpetuate the lie that gender is binary and defined by our genitals. Ask me about what has shifted within my spirit, my heart, my mental health, my confidence, my connections, my family. Ask me about my personal growth and self awareness. Ask me about cooking, dancing, tattooing, sewing, travelling.”

Frances Suter

A celebration of the sacred female. My image shows a scene of saintly motherhood naturally dramatised by rays of sunlight. A celebration of the sacred female, energised by the small tinge of light seeping into the darkened room. The windows portray the female bursting from guard and escaping the forbidden via the shutters in the frame in which new light radiates through. 1 Corinthians 13: Love is patient, love is kind.

Gemma Farrell, Hoyle Farrell

In my mind equality means equal opportunities for all. Raising a boy and girl has opened my eyes to the gender bias that infiltrated my own upbringing. I was repeatedly told that I was too honest, too opinionated, ought to have long hair and mustn’t gain weight. Would my parents have pushed these messages onto a son? Upon close inspection, my kids each exhibit a unique mixture of the gender stereotypes that we all grew up with, the ‘opposite’ traits, and everything in between. Their father and I are vigilant to society’s limiting ideas of what boys and girls can enjoy and achieve in life, and determined to give them both endless opportunities to discover who they are, inside.

Geraldine Lefoe - “The Fabulous Wondermama ”

I met the Fabulous Wondermama at the 2019 Teslafest Steampunk Festival and was impressed with the message of love, peace and equality she shared with those around her. As a superhero her purpose is to defend love and equality and she does this through significant community contributions such as Marriage Equality Rallies and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. She tags herself as#superherodragqueen #superhero #fun#fearless #fabulous #cosdrag #cosplay#lgbtcosplayer #steampunk #drag #dragqueen #notquitedrag The Fabulous Wondermama, AKA Renny Roccon, reminds us that equal rights for all means that anyone can be who they want to be with our love and support.

Jacinta Giles

Till death do us part reflects on the stripping of identify of the victims of domestic violence, not only by the perpetrator but also the police. Recently, a friend was unexpectedly confronted by her violent partner as she attempted to remove her belongings from their home. As the situation escalated, she called the police who were aware that the individual had a history of violence against women. Although the police operator heard her partner screaming that he would kill her in the background, she was told “it wasn’t a priority matter and not to expect them anytime soon.” Until the rhetoric changes to action, we continue to let down these vulnerable but precious members of our community.

Heide Smith

Beatrice and Paul Kerinaua always hunted as a couple, equipping themselves with axes and buckets. They would hunt possums, wallaby and flying foxes. They would also collect yams and Longbums, a kind of mussel. They would collect wild honey and Urili worms, a saltwater worm that lives in decaying Mangroves. This image was taken in Nguiu on Bathurst Island in 1987on BW film. It is part of my TIWI collection which spans over more than 3 decades.

Harriet Tarbuck

I have photographed Mol and Nhanh for the last fours years. Developing this relationship and getting a small insight into their family history and how the family connect with each other, has been incredible. Their quiet respect for each other, their family and those they invite into their house, exudes equality through gender and across cultures. Through this photography I hope to show that no matter the difference of place, gender or culture, there are genuine threads that connect us all.

Helga Leunig

“The world is full of persons, only some of which are human, and life is always lived in relationship with others.”
Professor Graham Harvey Animism: Respecting the Living World

Hilary Wardhaugh

Gender equality is number five on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. With this in mind I wanted to make portrait of fraternal twins who will be about 30 years of age in 2030. Astrid and Blake have had the same opportunity growing up and although their personalities , outlook and goals are vastly different I would hope that they both recognised as equals and afforded a life of opportunity. I also hope that all people they meet along the way recognise the importance of equality, no matter who they are.