Dean Golja


17 June > 18 July 2021
Wednesday to Sunday > 11AM - 4PM

This photographic project is an elegy to a fallen street-based sex-worker and the town of St Kilda. It invokes the genre of paranormal photography to observe a re-visitation of moments and places, like an envisioned environmental portrait of an invisible subject.

Pseudonym presents a series of photographs that act as visual markers, based on accounts, experiences and locations frequented by an individual that remains nameless. These ordinary and commonplace scenes represent an inner, psychological perspective, as if there is always someone present in the picture, urging to be seen.

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IMAGE > [Top] Dean Golja, from the series Pseudonym. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > Portrait of Dean Golja. Image courtesy of the artist.
IMAGE > [below] Dean Golja, from the series Pseudonym.
Image courtesy of the artist.

Without direct experience, it’s impossible to really judge where another person is in their life; their physical reality and appearance remain a mystery. Unless our attention and sympathy are drawn by certain facts, stories, revelations, impressions...we are literally, bystanders.”

Dean Golja

IMAGE > Dean Golja, from the series Pseudonym. Image courtesy of the artist.

This exhibition has been created in collaboration with St Kilda Gatehouse. This organisation provides spaces of belonging and safety for women involved in street-based sex work in St Kilda, many of whom are tackling complex issues such as addiction, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, domestic violence, abuse and social isolation. St Kilda Gatehouse creates spaces of belonging and connection, providing opportunities for individuals to experience social inclusion with respect and unconditional acceptance.

Dean has produced an output of work that has been shown at major International art festivals and galleries including the Zagreb Biennale and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris. He has been selected as a finalist for numerous art awards including the National Portrait Prize and the Bowness Prize and his career spans 20 years in the areas of commercial and fine-art photography and video.

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