Karen Song - 'Female Monologues'

First Site Gallery and PHOTO 2022 present 'Female Monologues', a new exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Karen Song, which examines the ways in which the female body can be informed and echoed by its natural surroundings.

26 Apr to 20 May 2022
Opening night: 5.30-7.30pm, Tuesday 3 May 2022. Free. RSVPs essential via EventBrite.
First Site Gallery, Basement/344 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000 (view map location).

Black and white image of a hand poking out of the middle of a tree. The hand is splayed, and the scale of the tree is large, with rough bark. Karen Song, 'Touch' 2021. Canson platine fibre rag. Photo courtesy the artist.

Female Monologues offers a nurturing approach to healing our physical relationship with the natural world and the more subtle relationship with our inner landscapes.

Karen Song creates a series of self-portraits interconnected the landscape, rather than being separate from it. These intimate black and white photographs convey the subtleties of the human form and the natural environments with which we cohabitate. Influenced by feminist and gender theory, the artist aims to evoke empathy, belonging and deeper connection between our physical, natural and psychological worlds.

Artist bio

Karen Song is a Chinese-born and Narrm/Melbourne-based photographer. Since 2017, she has been honing her skills in portrait and fashion photography. Her practice draws from feminist theory and gender studies and aims to evoke empathy, belonging, and nonjudgmental self-representation.

The words 'Official Exhibition PHOTO 2022 International Festival of Photography' in black on a white background
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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.