This year, Euroka Reserve becomes the immersive canvas for Seb Agnew’s thought-provoking exhibition, a highlight of the prestigious Head On Photo Festival. Agnew’s ongoing exploration of human self-reflection unfolds through three distinctive series—Grown, Syncope, and Epiphany—each offering a unique lens into the complexities of the human psyche.

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Seb Agnew
Sticky Notes, from the series Syncope, 2017.

Grown (2016–2017) navigates the ethereal boundary between childhood and adulthood. Within each frame, Agnew captures physically grown individuals in moments of profound subconscious reflection, bordering on apathy. The inclusion of typical childhood objects adds layers of allegorical richness to each image, prompting viewers to contemplate the nuanced journey from innocence to experience

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Seb Agnew
Balloons, from the series Grown, 2016.

Syncope (2017–2022), named after the medical term for ‘fainting’ or ‘passing out,’ delves into the disorienting sensations inherent in our modern lives. Agnew skillfully places the feeling of being lost within the context of our daily existence, where moments of concentration often lead to contemplation about nothing at all. This metaphorical dance with temporary loss of consciousness becomes a poignant commentary on the relentless pace and complexity of contemporary society.

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Seb Agnew
Noodles from the series Syncope, 2019.

Epiphany, an ongoing series since 2017, stands in stark contrast to Syncope. Agnew juxtaposes the deep-reaching feelings of disorientation and helplessness with moments of sudden clarity and personal revelations. In an era fraught with challenges, both individual and global, Epiphany becomes a visual sanctuary, reflecting the inevitability of change.

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Seb Agnew
Cables from the series Epiphany, 2022.

As Euroka Reserve transforms into a visual spectacle, Agnew’s exhibition invites festival-goers to embark on a profound journey of self-discovery, seamlessly weaving together introspection, disorientation, and revelation.

See the exhibition at Euroka Reserve in Woollahara in front of the Goethe Instutut until 3 December.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

 

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