Celebrating the vision of female photographers in recent exhibitions

Female photographers in the spotlight with a series of currently showing and upcoming exhibitions, each expanding the idea of portraiture.

In the last couple of months, a series of major solo exhibitions featuring celebrated female photographers have arrived on Australian shores in quick succession. It’s perhaps no coincidence that portraiture sits at the core of these prominent photographic practices, where female photographers explore a breadth of topics ranging from unconventional relationships to social equality.

China-born and New York-based photographer Pixy Liao’s solo show, Experimental Relationship opened at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) on 21 April and runs until 9 July. Liao visited the Melbourne space shortly after taking part in the inaugural Powerhouse Photography program, and was involved in a group show at Sydney’s White Rabbit Gallery.

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Celina Lei is an arts writer and editor at ArtsHub. She acquired her M.A in Art, Law and Business in New York with a B.A. in Art History and Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She has previously worked across global art hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong and New York in both the commercial art sector and art criticism. Most recently she took part in drafting NAVA’s revised Code of Practice - Art Fairs. Celina is based in Naarm/Melbourne. Instagram: @lleizy_