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Trent Parke - The Black Rose

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Don’t miss the last few days of this beautiful and engrossing exhibition by Australia’s only Magnum photographer, Trent Parke, at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

There are just two weeks remaining to see The Black Rose, a deeply personal exhibition of hundreds of photographs and moving images by Parke, an internationally-renowned photographer and Adelaide resident.

Seven years in the making and with thousands of rolls of film shot, Parke’s images span a tragic event in his early years, the sudden death of his mother, through to beautiful, ordinary routine of raising his own family in a beachside suburb of Adelaide.

It is the most complex and ambitious project of his career.

The exhibition is Parke’s attempt to reclaim his own childhood memories and to touch on some of the deeper common issues: birth, death, pain, loss and memory.

Nick Mitzevich, Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, describes The Black Rose as “an extraordinary project” for the Art Gallery, through the Contemporary Collectors, in association with the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

“The Black Rose is a powerful exhibition. The myriad of animals, birds, insects and landscapes we encounter remind us that in the world of Trent Parke, nothing is ordinary or insignificant.”

Mitzevich said that within just 40 minutes of Trent Parke presenting the idea for The Black Rose to the Art Gallery, he and the curators Julie Robinson and Maria Zagala, accepted.

“We knew this was something startling and something that we wanted to be a part of.”

Newcastle-born Parke began his photographic career as a leading sports photographer – for five years he covered the tours of the Australian cricket team. By 1999 Parke realised that he wanted to pursue a career as an artist and, in the 15 years since, has created several major bodies of work, which explore Australian culture and contemporary life from his personal perspective.

Trent Parke: The Black Rose runs at the Art Gallery of South Australia until 10 May 2015. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

To find out what else is going on at the Art Gallery of South Australia and to Connect to exclusive special offers and competitions, sign up for the Gallery’s Connect eNews

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