Playing the Man
Beach Street Gallery
January 17 to February 14
About this exhibition
Childhood memories are the trigger for Graham Miller’s photographic series Playing the Man.
The playful and humorous images are a celebration of football and a nostalgic look at the past. Referencing Scanlens bubble-gum football cards from the 1970s and 80s, as well as press images from the era, Miller recreates himself as boyhood football heroes to explore issues of masculinity, identity, and cultural difference. Compared to today’s highly stylised and groomed celebrities on Instagram and social media, football luminaries on cards from this period are refreshingly unmanicured. Larrikin grins, dishevelled hair, hammed up poses and indifferent photography coalesce into comical portraits which defy the revered status with which these players were held. Hard men look surprisingly soft.
Miller emphasizes the absurdity through the use of masquerade, using it as a strategy to question ingrained ideals of Australian masculinity and to comment on the difficulties of conforming to traditional notions of Australianness growing up as a person of mixed heritage.
Visit the Playing the Man website here
Image Credit: Graham Miller, Playing the Man, Installation view, Turner Galleries, September 2019. Courtesy the artist.
Beach Street Gallery
117 Beach Street, Fremantle WA 6160
Graham Miller (WA)
Installation, photographic print
Approx. 20 running meters
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March 2021 – August 2022. Available WA and interstate.
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Interstate Venues: Contact to discuss.
- January 17 - February 14
- Beach Street Gallery
- May 15 - June 19
- Goldfields Art Centre
- June 11 - August 14
- Bunbury Regional Art Gallery