Pseudonym, a solo exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Dean Golja, will be held at Linden New Art’s Projects Space from 2 April – 10 May 2020 in partnership with St Kilda Gatehouse.
This photographic project is an elegy to a fallen street- based sex-worker and the town of St Kilda. These photographs re-visit moments and places, presenting a portrait of an invisible subject whose absence helps us experience a life once lived.
This series of images is based on accounts, experiences and locations frequented by an individual that remains nameless. These ordinary and commonplace scenes come from an inner, psychological perspective, as if there is always someone present, urging to be seen.
Dean Golja said: “Without direct experience, it’s impossible to really judge where another person is in their life; their physical reality and appearance remain a mystery. Unless our attention and sympathy are drawn by certain facts, stories, revelations, impressions…we are literally, bystanders.”
These works encourage visitors to imagine inhabiting another world that is outside of the one they create themselves.
Dean Golja has produced an output of work that has been shown at major International art festivals and galleries, including the Zagreb Biennale and the George Pompidou Centre in Paris. He has been selected as a finalist for numerous art awards, including the National Portrait Prize and the Bowness Prize, and his career spans 20 years in the areas of commercial and fine-art photography and video.
Linden New Art Director Melinda Martin said: “We are very pleased to present this body of work by Dean Golja to raise awareness about the complex social issues on our streets, and raise awareness of the vital work that Gatehouse provides in the community”.
St Kilda Gatehouse provides spaces of safety for women involved in street-based sex work in St Kilda, many of whom are tackling complex issues such as addiction, homelessness, mental illness, poverty, domestic violence, abuse and social isolation. St Kilda Gatehouse creates spaces of belonging and connection, providing opportunities for individuals to experience social inclusion with respect and unconditional acceptance.
The Linden Projects Space is designed to spotlight the talent of artists and curators living and working on the southside of Melbourne.
Linden New Art
26 Acland Street, St Kilda 3182
Opening: Thursday 2 April 2020, 6-8pm.
Exhibition dates: 2 April – 10 May 2020 https://www.lindenarts.org/exhibitions/linden- projects-space/dean-golja/
Dean Golja, from the series, Pseudonym, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist.