James J. Robinson,
On Golden Days

Friday, 29 April — 
Sunday, 22 May

as part of PHOTO 2022


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The past is portrayed systemically in our culture as a bygone era of innocence and purity. Through films, literature, music, we tend to reflect idealistically on collective history as a way of anaesthetising contemporary anxiety. However, this yearning for ’golden days’ means we fetishise an era where prejudice against minorities was rampant – erasing the lived experiences of marginalised peoples. Without the just retelling of history, who benefits?

Raising funds for Pay The Rent, On Golden Days takes the absurdity of glorifying the past and flips it on its head; calling on Robinson’s queer, Filipino identity to rewrite history with a series of photographs and video work starring an extensive Asian cast. This is Robinson’s first solo exhibition. 

Kindly sponsored by Australia Council for the Arts, Hillvale Photo, Thirds Fine Art Printing, Icon Frames, Kayell Australia, The Vision House, Thompson Film Services, Format Scan and Graphic Content. Show runs Friday, 29 April — Sunday, 22 May with opening reception on Saturday, 30 April.

James J. Robinson (born 1995, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works Los Angeles, U.S.) is a Filipino/Australian artist based in Los Angeles. With a background in cinema and film criticism, his work pays particular attention to character, narrative and lighting. His work focusses on the power of representation, using visibility to break down systems of oppression. This style of poetic realism derives from his desire to deconstruct and heal oppressive systems within the industry, casting everyone from his family to academics and scientists he admires. His work covers photography, filmmaking, writing and lighting design, having worked with and been published by The New York Times, Vogue Australia and The Guardian.


“The Erasure of Asian Culture in 'Old Hollywood' Nostalgia”
VICE

“‘On Golden Days’ forces us to examine how we look back at the past”
Vogue Living

“Photographer James J. Robinson”
The Saturday Paper

“Unpacking the whitewashing of nostalgia through Old Hollywood”
Fashion Journal

“Bright Young Things: James J. Robinson”
Monster Children





James J. Robinson, Masterclass: On Industry, Philosophy and Techniques
Saturday, 8 May, 12-3pm

as part of PHOTO 2022


Book now via PHOTO 2022 / Eventbrite >>

Aimed at students of photography and visual arts, James J. Robinson will be leading an in-depth class and discussion, covering topics like the international photography industry, the philosophy and responsibilities of photo-taking, and developing a personal style.

How do you navigate the tricky line between photography as your income and your art? What are ways we can deconstruct problematic structures in the industry? James will offer some insights, take questions, and invite some special guests on stage to offer some additional perspectives.

This talk is in conjunction with the solo exhibition On Golden Days by James J. Robinson. AUSLAN interpreter provided free on request when booking. Entry by donation to Pay The Rent. 

James J. Robinson (born 1995, Melbourne, Australia; lives and works Los Angeles, U.S.) is a Filipino/Australian artist based in Los Angeles. With a background in cinema and film criticism, his work pays particular attention to character, narrative and lighting. His work focusses on the power of representation, using visibility to break down systems of oppression. This style of poetic realism derives from his desire to deconstruct and heal oppressive systems within the industry, casting everyone from his family to academics and scientists he admires. His work covers photography, filmmaking, writing and lighting design, having worked with and been published by The New York Times, Vogue Australia and The Guardian.


Hillvale Gallery
43-45 Edward Street Brunswick 3056 Victoria Australia
gallery@hillvale.com.au
Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 3pm
HVIG / FB

Hillvale Gallery
43-45 Edward Street Brunswick 3056
Victoria Australia
gallery@hillvale.com.au

Mon – Fri, 11am – 4pm
Sat – Sun, 11am – 3pm
HV / IG / FB