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Ambiguous Fragility  | 16 November – 25 November 2012

Opening  Night | 6.00pm Thursday 15 November 2012

A show by Deanne Jolley, Jessie Imam, Jess Wilson and Louise Molesworth

This group show centres around the ideas of fragility that the human body has been attributed with. Whether through adornment, financial striving,  social placement or physical moulding; we all experience the need to promote and protect our physical selves from perceived dangers. Without immediate threat from wild beasts or threatening neighbours, this culture we exist in ( especially the Western one ) has created a new set of dangers and we have created a new set of anxieties to go with them. These anxieties are seemingly gentler but more long term and therefore the cause of a new fragility within our mindsets and following that, our bodies. Our works only touch on the topic but bring up questions about the stress of social conform that are important to all, whether cave person or high rise executive. We lie somewhere in-between!

Jessie Imam is a Melbourne based artist, currently working from her home studio in Diamond Creek. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Monash University in 2009 and has exhibited in group and solo shows both locally and interstate.

Imam’s most recent works centre around themes of death and transition, and the traces left behind. She takes a mythological approach to the subject, using some aspects of traditional creation stories of past cultures to inform her understanding of the spiritual process of death, as well as the physical. Her work is not an answer or explaination of death; It is a document of her questioning of it, her way of coming to terms with its inevitability, and her acceptance of it.

Although from a photographic background, Imam also employs methods of taxidermy, sculpture, installation and the moving image within her practice. Some major exhibitions of note are the most recent solo exhibitions Come With Me at Eltham Library Community Gallery, Melbourne, 2012, and Bereft of the Corporeal at Kings ARI, Melbourne, 2011. Imam was also a recipient of the 2011 Nillumbik Laughing Waters Artist in Residence where she spent four months in bushland north east of Melbourne. The time spent in this residency heavily influenced the majority of her work over the past two years.





  • 2009, BFA (Photomedia), Monash University, Caulfield
  • 2006, Certificate IV in Design, Northland Design Studies

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2012, Come With Me, Eltham Library Community Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2011, Bereft of the Corporeal, Kings ARI, Melbourne

Group Exhibitions

  • 2011, The Gravity of the Situation, Monash Faculty Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2010, Nillumbik Prize, Montsalvat, Melbourne
  • 2009, Ambidextrous, Madcube, Melbourne
  • 2009, Aesthetic Positioning, Monash Student Gallery, Melbourne
  • 2009, Café Nu, The Guides Hall, Hurstbridge, Melbourne
  • 2009, Suspicious Minds, Poimena Art Gallery, Launceston
  • 2008, Love, Art School & Death, Monash University Caulfield, Melbourne
  • 2008, Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne


  • 2011, Laughing Waters Artist in Residence, Nillumbik, Melbourne


  • 2011, Monday June 6, Jessie Imam,, Jeannette Davison, Melbourne.
  • 2011, Tuesday May 3, Photo, Film, Tape,, Mark Holsworth, Melbourne.
  • 2009, Saturday August 9, Truth and lies for viewer eyes, The Examiner, Claire Van Ryn, Tasmania.

Other Related Activity

  • 2011, Nillumbik Laughing Waters Artist in Residence selection panel member
  • 2011, Commissioned artist for Nillumbik Councils Being Belonging Becoming Children’s Week Events
  • 2011, Conducted Who Are You? Non-traditional Self-Portraiture workshop series, Birrarung House, Melbourne
  • 2011, Production volunteer and production stills photographer for Peta Clancy and Helen Pynor’s The Body is a Big Place project
  • 2010, Collaborator/assistant to artist photographer Zanele Muholi during her residency at Monash University
  • 2010, Volunteer at Patricia Piccinini’s Drome Studios, Collingwood
  • 2009, Relief photographer, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Melbourne