This collection of striking portraits was taken between 1997-2011 across Australia, USA, China, Laos and Papua New Guinea. In Citizen, we meet a nun, prostitute, factory worker, famous actors, tribal members and more. By applying the same photographic parameters and treating each of his sitters as equal, Kenne creates an intimate collective of what he refers to as ‘fellow man’. It is this notion that reminds us that our unique experience of life is something that we all share.
Ingvar Kenne, born in 1965, currently lives between Sydney and New York. He studied photography at the University of Gothenburg and exhibits internationally. Kenne was the winner of the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 and a finalist in the 2007, 2010 and 2012 Prizes.
The Citizen portraits were photographed on medium format colour negative film using a Mamiya 6 camera. They have been printed as Type C digital prints. The photographs, on loan from the artist and three from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, are accompanied by Kenne’s descriptive captions.
The exhibition runs from 2 November 2012 until 27 January 2013.
Collection display galleries
The collection display includes a wide selection of portraits that tell extraordinary stories of encounter, exploration, independence, individuality and achievement in Australia. Visitors to the Gallery can follow the development of portraiture from oil painting to digital media.Entry is free.
Digital Portraiture Award
The inaugural iD Digital Portraiture Award is an annual event intended to extend traditional notions of portraiture and reflects the National Portrait Gallery’s commitment to fostering emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 30 years old with an interest in contemporary technology.