Ponch Hawkes

Ponch Hawkes
‘Untitled’ from the series ‘He never should have worn those shorts’ 2010
duratran photograph on LED lightbox
100 x 100 cm
© Courtesy the artist and Chrysalis Gallery & Studio, Melbourne

Ponch Hawkes’s photography has captured Australian culture and social and political life since the early 1970s. Mostly working in photographic series, Hawkes portrays athletes in staged scenarios involving physical performance and movement. Her recent work focuses on women and sport and the underrepresentation of women’s sport in the media. New photographs for the Basil Sellers Art Prize prompt us to consider the difficult issues of violence, power, gender and alcohol abuse in team sports.

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