Opening date: 01 Nov 2018
Running date: 06 Nov 2018
Jessica Matino Solo Exhibition
Opening Night - Friday 2nd November
6 pm - 8 pm
Migration is an intrinsic part of life on Earth.
A Migration Story is a photographic exhibition exploring elements of the artist’s own family’s migration, incorporating old letters with images she took in the places her parents and grandparents grew up, with a focus on Naples, Italy.
The exhibition also touches on culture and the inevitability of losing intricate elements of deep-rooted culture and language from places of origin with each generation, expressed in the image “Pulcinella at Yaralla” in which a young family member wears the famous Pulcinella mask synonymous with Naples behind her. Whilst elements of culture may be left behind, there is always a strong soul connection. William Yang has perfectly described it as a hand holding a long spoon which occasionally reaches out over the seas, stirring his soul, calling him back.
Humanity shares the same pull as migratory animals, moving through and flying over the land and the seas to places which will nourish us, to places we stay or eventually move on from when it is time.
We are all affected by migration in some way and we all have a story to tell.
Jessica Matino has been practicing as a Fine Art photographer since graduating from The Sydney Gallery School, Meadowbank TAFE in 2001, with an Advanced Diploma of Fine Arts, majoring in Fine Art Photography.
Jessica has previously exhibited her work in solo shows, including an Associated Exhibition with Head On Photo Festival 2017, 'Burlesque Girls', as well as group exhibitions.
The Photographer has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Olive Cotton National Portrait Prize. Her work also forms part of private collections in Sydney, London, Chicago and Singapore and has been published in 'Blow Up' - a photography book put together by some of Australia's leading photographers.
Jessica's work is predominantly executed on her medium format camera which allows a non-intrusive, considered way of working. The results are evocative, engaging images and compassionate portraits.