Two Inadequate Voices

2020 - 

Two Inadequate Voices is an online platform that invites image-makers/thinkers to contribute a paired text and image. These contributions directly address the act of making/investigating the photograph submitted and the experience of doing so. These experiences might be physical or psychological, surprising, bizarre, serendipitous, shocking, emotional or even spiritual. 

The title, Two Inadequate Voices, refers to the chasms formed between words and images, to the gaps and losses of knowledge deposited therein and to the surfaces and depths of images themselves. The title pays homage to Martha Rosler’s seminal work The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems (1974–1975). Rosler’s work is made up of twenty-one black-and-white photographs and twenty-four text panels that when juxtaposed, question the ability of text or image to explore accurately a representation of her subject: drunkenness on the Bowery, New York. Two Inadequate Voices draws on these two creative methodologies to manifest a form of knowledge about photography that is usually unreadable in the finished image.

We aim to engage a wide network of international voices through the lens of our Asia-Pacific base and welcome submissions from contemporary practitioners. We pay respects to the elders past, present and emerging of the Wurundjeri and Boon wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation, whose land we live and work on.

Saha - Notes from Wonderland

©Christina Stoh - Valley of Hell and Kingdom of Heaven

©Quynh Lam - A Brief History

©Margaret Lansink - Coming home in a different and unknown culture. Is it possible, one wonders?

©Chiara Luxardo - Signorina Marianna

©Paul Knight - Love Data