There’s a quiet violence to the term hijacked. It gives rise to a sense of silent assault that’s sparked when the unfamiliar intrudes into what you know. The images featured in Hijacked III: Contemporary Photography from Australia and the UK call to mind this strangely disquieting sensation.
The exhibition and book launch, which opens at the Australian Centre for Photography tonight, is the third incarnation of the Hijacked series, a project that upends photographic practices such as portraiture and collage to explore social mores and societal extremes.
Curated by Mark McPherson, Louise Clements and Leigh Robb, Hijacked III focuses on Australia and the UK and documents the conflicts and contradictions at the heart of each culture. The exhibition coincides with the release of the third Hijacked print edition and features arresting works by Warwick Baker and Bindi Cole as well as UK photographers Luke Stephenson, Natasha Caruana and Simon Roberts.