Words and Photos – J Forsyth

True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works.  The Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street ,Fitzroy. 

Ever walked through the streets at night, cold, lonely, feeling lost? By the stroke of God (or some other mystical creature) you see the light at the end of the tunnel… 

What is it? Is it safe? Is it real?  The warm light touches your skin, well dressed Fitzroyalty, art lovers and alike rub shoulders, the sea of spectators parts, white walls adorned with generational masterpieces surround you…you’ve going to be ok, you’ve found the safety of an art gallery. 

Now… Where’s the booze?


CCP is this magical place for me, and I’ve NEVER been disappointed.  As a teenager growing up in the Western Port suburbs of the Pen-Lo, CCP was my beacon of light at the end of the dreary suburban tunnel.  Two trains and a tram, a Melways in my backpack and my film camera carried me to the then, much smaller photography gallery.  It didn’t matter to me what show was on, it was all about knowing photography had a home, a future and a past.


Last night (Thursday, July 26) CCP opened True Self: David Rosetzky Selected Works to a large crowd sheltering from the gloomy winter chill.  A collection of videos, photographs, photo-collages and sculptures spread across the four gallery spaces and night projection window. Included in Rosetzky’s first retrospective, a new video work Half Brother 2013, commissioned by CCP with support from Irene Sutton, a digital video portrait of actor Cate Blanchett, commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery, Canberra in 2008.

Curated by Naomi Cass, Director and Kyla McFarlane, Associate Curator at CCP, True Self: David Rosetzky runs until September 15, 2013.   And if the vast display of one of Australia’s best video artists work is not enough, join David Rosetzky in conversation with above mention curatorial types, Saturday July 27 at 12pm, no bookings required apaz.  A few other goodies are on the horizon so check CCP’s website for more information.