21 February - 1 April
Alana Holmberg | Resist laughter
Alana Holmberg (b. 1983) is an emerging Australian photographer known for her emotive portraiture and multimedia projects. To date, her independent work has explored the experiences of women in relation to family, feminism and body image -- investigations that continue to inform and challenge her own identity. Alana's collection of images in the Resist Laughter exhibition are from Turkey. They investigate the power structures of the region and the impact that these have had upon the populace.
Inspired initially by a tweet - an image of young women laughing in the street and the Turkish words #direnkahkaha (resist laughter), the post was one of thousands shared by Turkish women to protest comments by the country’s then Deputy Prime Minister who said women should not laugh in public.
Alana wanted to explore and learn more about the women of the country. Visiting Turkey in 2015 and 2016, she interviewed and photographed a wide range of women - some who identified with the term 'feminist', others who did not, calling it instead a movement of Western women and preferring their actions define themselves.
As a group they were unified by their outrage about skyrocketing numbers of murdered women - a 1400% increase between 2003 and 2010. But on all other issues - motherhood, politics, sexuality, tradition and religion - they were divided.
Resist Laughter was generously supported by THE POOL COLLECTIVE through The Pool Grant 2016, an annual award providing $10,000, a year of mentorship and a solo exhibition at Head On Photo Festival for one emerging photographer. Proudly printed by Peter Hatzipavlis at 'The PrintShop @ PSC’, Photography Studies College (Melbourne).