12 March > 5 June 2022
Tuesday to Sunday - 11AM > 4PM
Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans painting, photography, video, sculpture and installation. This exhibition presents a selection of photographic work and large painted shields created with members of the artist's Yuri tribe of Simbu Province, and his diasporic family in the Waghi Valley of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea.
This exhibition is presented as part of PHOTO2022.
IMAGE > Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal, Bepi, Waghi River, 2022, archival digital print on Hahnamuhle cotton
rag, 109 x 125cm.
IMAGE > [top] Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal, Yalkope Omdara, 2022, archival digital print on Hahnamuhle cotton rag, 109 x 125cm.
Images courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery.
IMAGE > Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal, Ole, Tikopi, 2022, archival digital print on Hahnamuhle cotton rag, 109 x
IMAGE > [below] Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman and Haus Yuriyal, Moskitos, 2022, archival digital print on Hahnamuhle cotton rag, 109 x 125cm.
Images courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery
Yuriyal (meaning: Man of Yuri), has produced photographic portraits collaboratively with his family and those closest to him, in traditional and domestic settings, to form personal tributes through intimate and meaningful exchanges within men's spaces, the artist's studio, the rugby field and the hausman [a traditional Papua New Guinean men's house].
The works in this exhibition explore social and cultural expectations and traditions relating to masculinity. Haus Yuriyal have built their practice around things that are significant to them as men; tradition and custom, contemporary stories, ceremony, the presentation of bilas [worn adornments], tribal fighting and games of rugby.
Presented in this show of photographic works is a story of war and peace, and a vision what we are
fighting for – ples [home]. I reflect on what it means to be a man, a fighter with his weapon or shield, and how Rugby League and creative
practices may help quell the effects of tribal warfare.
Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman, 2022
Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman lives and works between Brisbane, Queensland, and the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. He has a Bachelor of Photography from the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane (2010). Significant solo exhibitions and commissions include The Fight, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2017); Haus Man, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney (2012). His work was included in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, NIRIN, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cockatoo Island, with Haus Yuriyal (2019); The National: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, Sydney (2019) and the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, QAGOMA, Brisbane (2015–2016).
IMAGE > Portrait of Yuriyal Eric Bridgeman.
Image courtesy of the artist. Photographer: Mick Richards.
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