Amos Gebhardt uses techniques of collage, dance, slow motion and time lapse to frame large scale, multi-screen moving image installations and photography. Gebhardt is interested in mapping both human and non-human narratives. Recent works include the photography series Night Horse (2019), and the video installations Lovers (2018) and Evanescence (2018), both selected for the 2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, and There Are No Others (2016) presented at Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.
A recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2014) and Masters graduate of AFTRS, Gebhardt’s work has been exhibited at M+ Museum, Hong Kong; ACMI, Melbourne; MONA, Hobart; Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne and screened on SBS and ABC. Gebhardt created visuals for Kate Miller-Heidke’s 2016 Helpmann Award-winning concert with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra at MOFO. Gebhardt directed Second Unit on Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth (2015), starring Marion Cotillard premiering in competition at Cannes Film Festival.
Family Portrait is from Gebhardt’s new moving image and photography series Small acts of resistance, the result of the inaugural South Australian Film Corporation, SALA Festival and Samstag Museum of Art residency commission. SAOR features subjects who defy normative notions of kinship and identity as a mode of survival within Australia. Against a backdrop of social and ecological precarity, these interconnected life-ways reflect small but vital acts of resistance.
In this scene, conventional concepts of family are challenged in a hyper-visual tableau vivant. Two fathers and loving friends make up the familial support network around the newborn. The intertwined objects and botanics reflect the personal and cultural through-lines that knit the family and its many stories of diasporic and queer unions together.