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Head On(line) Photo Festival is not just for Sydney

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The Head On Photo Festival opened last night and runs online until May 17.

It’s the 11th annual festival for the Sydney institution, but this year’s COVID19 enforced restrictions has seen it gone digitial and available for everyone to see. Hence, its name change this year from the Head On Photo Festival to the Head On(line) Photo Festival.

The free event includes over 110 exhibitions by photo-artists around the world and 80 live-streamed artist talks, panel discussions and workshops.

The many topics and subjects explored by artists include climate change, childhood, old age, war and identity politics.

One of the photo-artists featured is Sarah Ducker, whose work Wounded Places-A Testament is shown above and below.

“After witnessing a summer of terrifying fires, ferocious winds and suffocating smoke, I felt heartbroken,’’ Ducker says. “Unable to come to terms with my sense of unfathomable loss, I drove into the bush. The burnt landscape stood bare before me, at times defiantly beautiful in the face of devastation; a testament to the majesty of the bush.”

Ducker will given a live-streamed Artist Talk on Monday, May 4 at 1.30pm. She will join author Sally Gillespie (Climate Crisis and Consciousness Re-imagining Our World and Ourselves) to talk about artists’ responses to the climate crisis.

To see the exhibition and gain access to the free Artist Talk livestream click here. For all Head On livestreams click here
By Sarah Ducker
 Whimsical warrior by Marcia Macmillan
By Uma Manasseh
By Nick Board 
By Jasmine Duncan

One response to “Head On(line) Photo Festival is not just for Sydney

  1. The Maria Macmillan Image is outstanding. I would like to purchase the photo. How do I get into contact with her.

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