Perimeter Talks | Ying Ang: The Quickening

Perimeter Talks | Ying Ang

**UPDATE: Due to the rapidly evolving COVID situation and new restrictions in Melbourne, Perimeter has decided to postpone our talk with Ying Ang until further notice. We look forward to rescheduling this event once we have more information.

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Perimeter is thrilled to relaunch its programming initiative, Perimeter Talks, in 2021. Taking place on occasional weekend afternoons, the series features lectures, panel discussions and more casual in-conversations with publishers, artists, curators, designers, writers and editors. The talks explore and address various themes and issues relating to contemporary photographic, art and design publishing – helping demystify, challenge and offer insight into publishing as a medium and a practice.

For our second talk of 2021, we'll be joined by Melbourne-based photographer Ying Ang to discuss her latest self-published photobook, The Quickening.

The Quickening explores the transformation and lived experience of a woman in her motherhood/matrescence and postpartum depression/anxiety. The work interrogates the under-represented transition of biological, psychological and social identity during a complex and yet ubiquitous phase of life. Riso and offset printed, this uniquely crafted book was published in a limited first edition of 250 copies, redolent of the number of days of gestation before the premature birth of the author’s son. 

Ying Ang is an established photographer and author with extensive international exhibition history. She graduated as valedictorian in the 2009-2010 class of Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at The International Centre of Photography, with a subsequent award and portfolio acquisition for the permanent collection of the Sagamihara City Museum in Japan. Her first artist book, Gold Coast, won the New York Photo Festival and Encontros Da Imagem book prize for 2014, was a finalist for Australian Photobook of the Year. The Quickening (FKA Bower Bird Blues), was a Vevey Images Grand Prix finalist in Switzerland, honourably mentioned in the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, winner of the 2020 BIFA Documentary Photo Book Prize, finalist for the 2020 Lucie Foundation Prototype Photo Book Award and the PHOTO 2021 International Photobook Prize. The project was exhibited in a solo show during Rencontres d’Arles in France in 2019.

Where: Perimeter Books, 748 High St, Thornbury
When: Saturday June 5, 3pm–4pm

Ticketed event, with seating strictly limited – book here.

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