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Silvia Vélez


Typicals is a series of 12 colour photographs digitally created from photojournalistic images from Colombia combined with "typical" craft textiles and text from guest writers. Typicals was first exhibited as photographs 50cm x 75cm in size, each with their own magnifying glass, at the Contemporary Art Space at Gorman House in Canberra, Australia, in 2000. It was then exhibited in "Feedback: Art Social Consciousness and Resistance" at Monash University Museum of Art in Melbourne, Australia, from March to May 2003. From May to June 2003 it was exhibited at the Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia Santa Fé Bogotá, Colombia.

In its current manifestation the artwork has been adapted from the catalogue of the museum exhibitions. It is broken up into eight pieces corresponding to the contributions of the writers. The introduction by Sylvia Vélez is the PDF file accessible via a link below this abstract. The other seven PDF files are accessible via the 'Supplementary Files' section to the left of your screen. Please note that these files are around 4 megabytes each, so it may be difficult to access them from a dial-up connection.

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Silvia Vélez, free lance artist

Silvia Vélez was born in Colombia in 1963 and has lived in Australia since 1990. She trained as an artist at the Canberra School of Art (Australian National University) and has been a lecturer in Photomedia and Art Theory at the Canberra School of Art and at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Her work has been shown at the Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), Centre for Contemporary Photography (Melbourne) and Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. She will be showing new work at the 2004 Adelaide Biennial. Her work is mostly concerned with issues of politics and representation in relation to photography