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HEAD ON PHOTO FESTIVAL 2012 Solo Exhibition by Rowena Hall

By rowena on April 22, 2012 | Category: Blog | No Comments

As part of the 2012 Head On Photo Festival, my series History Bearing will be featured as a solo exhibition. Details are:

History Bearing – Solo Exhibition

This exhibition will by opened by Film Reviewer, Peter Castaldi

May 2 – 14, 2012

Opening Night – Wednesday, May 2 at 6 – 8.30pm.

Pine Street Gallery

64 Pine Street Chippendale, NSW, 2008

ph: 9245 1503

‘On Women’ Exhibition – featuring ‘History Bearing’

By rowena on February 16, 2011 | Category: Blog | No Comments

Hi all,

This coming Wednesday evening, February 23rd, the group show, ‘On Women’ opens at Chapel Off Chapel, at 6pm. The show goes from 22nd Feb to 13th March and features myself, Craig Blowfield and Grace McKenzie. The show has been put together in celebration of International Women’s Day 2011.

If you reside in Melbourne or are passing through please come along to the opening or pop in over the three weeks it is on. Address is:

Chapel Off Chapel

12 Little Chapel Street

Prahran.

‘History Bearing’ Exhibition – Postgraduate Degree Show

By rowena on November 30, 2010 | Category: Blog | No Comments

Sydney College of the Arts invites you to attend the preliminary exhibition of ‘History Bearing’ as part of the Sydney College of the Arts –

POST GRADUATE DEGREE SHOW

History Bearing will be exhibited in Gallery 2 – Ist Gallery on left when entering main building of SCA

Balmain Rd, Rozelle (enter at Cecilly Street).

Opening Night: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 – 6pm (till 8pm)

Exhibition continues to Wednesday 15 December

Monday – Friday, 11.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday to Sunday, 11.00am – 4.00pm

History Bearing – Story of Doctor James Miranda Barry

By rowena on November 30, 2010 | Category: Blog | No Comments

Dr James Miranda Barry: The She-doctor

Margaret Ann Bulkley (alias James Miranda Barry) was born in Ireland in the late eighteenth century. When Margaret and her mother were left with no financial security, Margaret’s maternal uncle, James Barry (an artist and Professor of Painting at London’s Royal Academy) sort help and discussed the problem with two colleagues: Edward Fryer – a physician, and General Francisco Miranda who owned an extensive library. When Barry died in 1806 he left Margaret enough money to pursue her studies and for 3 years she did so with the assistance of Fryer and Miranda. In 1809 the decision was made to dress Margaret as a boy with the help of Fryer, Miranda and Daniel Reardon (the family solicitor). She then attended university in Edinburgh disguised as Mr James Miranda Barry and studied medicine. In 1812 Barry (Margaret) joined the British Army, as a doctor. The following years saw Barry become a very highly revered doctor and surgeon who travelled extensively throughout Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Barry was the first doctor to perform caesarean sections in the United Kingdom and became known and respected for ‘his’ skill and knowledge in this area. Upon her death in 1865, Barry’s sexuality was discovered. A woman named Sophia Bishop who had been assigned to prepare (his) body claimed that Barry’s body was not only female but showed signs of having given birth during her lifetime.

History Bearing – Story on Pope Joan

By rowena on November 30, 2010 | Category: Blog | No Comments

La Popessa – Pope Johannes VIII

Pope Joan, as she is now known, was born in Mainz, Germany, to a family of English missionaries. In the early ninth-century, denied her desire to be educated, she ran away with her brother so she could study and enter the Holy order. To achieve this she dressed as a boy and became (alias) John Anglius. Joan’s tertiary pursuits were so outstanding that she was elected Pope and the estimated time for her papacy-around the 850’s-is said to have commenced between the reigns of Benedict III and Nicolas I. For two years, seven months and four days she succeeded in hiding her gender until one day when on procession through the streets of Rome, concealing a pregnancy, she went into early labour and gave birth to child. Pope Joan and her baby were executed and buried on the spot. To honour her reign the erection of a bust amongst other past Popes was sculpted for the Duomo of Siena. Pope Joan’s bust was named ‘Johannes VIII, Foemina de Angolia’. However, the Catholic Church denied the existence of Pope Joan and in 1601 Pope Clement VIII declared the legend to be untrue and the famous bust of Johannes VIII was re-carved, relabelled and replaced by a male figure of Pope Zachary.

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