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The Archibald Prize

The Packing Room Prize 2005

The Australian Photographic Portrait Prize Winner 2005

Selection of Exhibitions 2005

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95


Rajput: sons of kings - Indian miniatures

Margaret Preston exhibition

Wolfgang Laib

19th Century Australian Watercolours, drawings & pastels

Dadang Christanto - They give evidence

Simryn Gill Standing still

Boucher, Watteau and the origin of Rococo exhibition

Albertina: Old Master Drawings from Vienna

Allan Mitelman: works on paper 1967-2004

David Rosetzky wins 2005 Anne Landa Award

Balnaves Foundation Sculpture Project

True Stories: Art of the East Kimberley

Tracey Emin

Susan Norrie - Undertow

SEASONS: The Beauty of Transience in Japanese Art

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Guggenheim Museum of Art

Louvre Museum Paris

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Baltimore Museum of Art

Hermitage Museum of St Petersburg

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

The Art Gallery of New South Wales


 Simryn Gill Standing still

 Standing still is a series of 116 photographs that explores Simryn Gill's interest in the passage of time and the evocation of place or in her words 'a place in time...[where there is]...No way forward, no way back.' Gill's words encapsulate the spirit of these photographs: buildings and environments captured in a photographic moment, a snapshot of time, that bridges past and present in literal and metaphorical terms. 

Simrin Gill Standing Still 2002-03

 Standing still was an ambitious undertaking. Gill travelled through Malaysia between 2000 and 2003 photographing debilitated buildings, deserted apartments, mansions and even mini towns. The series is reminiscent of Gill's other photographic tableaux, Dalam (2001), which was a collection of 258 photographs of the interiors of Malaysian homes (and exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2002). In contrast to that series, however, Gill has stepped outside and back into the environment, focusing her camera outward to remote buildings that have less trace of human presence and intervention. In Dalam, traces of life are palpable despite the spaces being devoid of people. In Standing still, buildings are empty and decrepit, sometimes overgrown with so much greenery they are indistinguishable from their environment. Life has left these buildings and time is passing through them. 

 Simryn Gill lived in Malaysia, India, Britain, Adelaide, and Singapore before arriving in Sydney in 1996. She has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally, including participating in the Biennale of Sydney 2002, Berlin Biennale 2001, Flight Patterns at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art 2000, Asia Pacific Triennial 1999, Cities on the Move at various venues in Europe and Asia, and Transculture at the 1995 Venice Biennale. She was also included in the curated book project Fresh Cream: contemporary art in culture : 10 curators, 10 writers, 100 artists. In addition to this she has had numerous solo projects including a survey show which toured the UK, at ArtPace in Texas, Kiasma Museum in Helsinki and UC Berkeley Art Museum, United States. 

 Standing still was acquired for the Art Gallery of New South Wales collection by funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors Program in 2004. 

On view: 26 March to 1 May 2005 
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