Opening last night at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and showing until September 15, True Self is the first major survey of Melbourne-based artist David Rosetzky. Curated by CCP director Naomi Cass and associate curator Kyla McFarlane, the exhibition features works from Rosetzky’s last 15 years of lens-based practice, including a selection of early portrait-based and longer duration videos, photographs, photo-collages and sculpture.
Working across a variety of mediums, but mainly focussing on video and photography, Rosetzky’s practice closely examines notions of the self and identity. Often employing video as a medium of exploring portraiture, many of the artist’s works invite introspection and critical reflection from viewers.
“How I hope my work operates is that it expands the idea of identity or portraiture,” says Rosetzky. “A lot of the motivation is quite personal, but then, through the process of making the work, different ideas and influences come into play”.
Some of the works on display include video pieces such as Rosetzky’s celebrated work Portrait of Cate Blanchett (2008), which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra; Weekender (2001); and Think of Yourself as Plural (2008).
As Rosetzky’s practice has developed, he has come to collaborate with professionals from other fields, such as film, theatre and dance.
For his latest work – a video piece titled Half-Brother – which screened for the first time at the launch on Thursday night, Rosetzky collaborated with renowned choreographer Jo Lloyd. Working with a specific material – paper – in the choreographic process, the piece further articulates both the meticulousness and elegance of Rosetzky’s oeuvre.