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Emma Phillips GREETINGS 3 - 25 February 2017

The subjects of Emma Phillips’ new photographic series, Greetings, speak quietly to their surrounds. Like the outer Melbourne beachside suburb of Frankston – whose backdrops, guises and oddly mediated landscapes bracket and envelop these images – the young women and girls that appear in Phillips’ photographs seem to float in an indeterminate space. These figures carry sensibilities unique to the young and the feminine.
Likewise, Frankston itself – the end of the train line and the lower socioeconomic gateway to the more affluent Mornington Peninsula – emerges here as a place of both subtle tension and beauty. That the area is Phillips’ own former stomping ground brings Greetings closer to home. These works are as personal as they are heuristic. In forging a dialogue with these young women, Phillips gestures towards a rendering of self.
– Dan Rule

Education
2017 Master of Fine Arts, University of Hartford, Hartford, USA
2010 Bachelor of Arts (Photography), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

2017 Greetings, CAVES, Melbourne, Australia
2016 A light on the wall, neospace, Melbourne, Australia
2013 Salt, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Yunnan, China
2013 Salt, Edmund Pearce gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Selected Group Exhibitions
2021 Surreal Landscapes, curated by Danny Lacy, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Mornington, Australia (forthcoming)
2020 What’s outside the window?, curated by Olivia Radonich, ReadingRoom, Melbourne, Australia (online)
2020 In praise of care, curated by Isobel Parker Philip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (online)
2020 Shadow catchers, curated by Isobel Parker Philip, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
2020 National Photography Prize, Murray Art Museum Albury, Albury, Australia
2019 Bodies of Work, curated by Benison Kilby, Bus Projects, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Moran Arts Foundation, Sydney, Australia
2019 Stories we tell ourselves, curated by Ashlyn Davis, Earl & Virginia Green Gallery, La Mirada, USA
2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award, HOTA, Gold Coast, Australia
2018 Stories we tell ourselves, curated by Ashlyn Davis, Wrong gallery, Marfa, USA
2018 The Art of Collecting, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia
2017 CAVES Fundraiser, CAVES, Melbourne, Australia
2017 An unorthodox flow of images, curated by Naomi Cass & Pippa Milne, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2017 CAVES offsite @ Spring 1883 art fair, The Establishment Hotel, Sydney, Australia
2017 13, curated by Robert Lyons, Joseloff Gallery, Hartford, USA
2017 Specimen, curated by Giles Fielke, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia
2013 lose/you, curated by Jordan Sullivan, The Jane Hotel, New York City, USA
2013 The Wild & The Innocent, curated by Jordan Sullivan, Clic bookstore & gallery, New York City, USA

Awards
2020 C/O Berlin Talent Award_nominee
2020 National Photography Prize_finalist
2019 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize_finalist
2018 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award_finalist
2018 National Photographic Portrait Prize_finalist
2018 MACK First Book Award_nominee
2017 Stanley Fellman Award, University of Hartford_winner
2015 Australian Photobook of the Year_finalist
2014 Golden Peacock nomination for excellent photography works, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival_winner
2010 Irwin & McLaren landscape award, RMIT University_finalist

Public Collections
Art Gallery of New South Wales

Lectures, Teaching
University of Technology, Sydney
Photography Studies College, Melbourne
Penumbra Foundation, New York City

Selected Bibliography
Boetker-Smith, Daniel, Emma Phillips, British Journal of Photography, in print, 2020
Cattach, Ella, Emma Phillips: Too Much to Dream, Memo Review, online, 2019
Rule, Dan, Emma Phillips: A light on the wall, Perimeter Editions, in print, 2016