The Museum of Photographic Arts‘ focus on the Pacific Rim is growing with the opening Wednesday of a major exhibition of contemporary Australian photos.
The photos by 13 prominent artists were chosen by Australian curators and represent some of the latest work from the continent. Most of the photos have never been seen in the United States.
“MOPA’s very interested in opening up audiences to a wider perspective,” said Executive Director and Chief Curator Deborah Klochko.”So many of the museums look to Europe.”
The exhibition ranges from historic images to abstracts, surrealism, photogenic drawing and Photoshop fantasies, all with a uniquely Australian perspective.
“They speak the same language,” noted Klochko. “But there are differences. That’s what’s so exciting.”
Defining Place/Space: Contemporary Photography from Australia builds on MOPA’s permanent collection of Australian photographs, where were donated in 2016 by San Diego entrepreneur Peter Farrell and his wife Olivia.
The exhibition runs through Sept. 22 at the museum in Balboa Park. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday.
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