BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

OPENING EVENT @ FOX GALLERIES

Please join us to celebrate the opening of ‘Between Two Worlds’

79 Langridge Street, Collingwood on Sunday February 19, 2017

from 2.00 – 4.00pm

Australian Ballet, Gardenvale Tunnel 1970s

An Australian Ballet, Gardenvale Tunnel 1970s c-Type print 100 by 100cm

 

 

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Between Two Worlds

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA

MEMORIAL SERVICE

I am pleased to announce that on the eve of Maggie’s birthday, The State Library of Victoria is hosting a public memorial service in her honour.  I cannot think of a more appropriate way to celebrate Maggie’s birthday and am very grateful to everyone who made this possible.  Special thanks to Madeleine Say, who has been involved with the Diaz Collection since its launch in 2005, has overseen the handover of the archive and as Manager of the Picture Collections Department, will be our host for the event.  For those of you who were unable to make it to the memorial at Sacred Heart Mission, Johan Scheffer will repeat his comprehensive eulogy and the event will also feature a presentation of the slide show ‘I Don’t Do Sweet’ with Maggie’s timeless commentary. Please join us!

Maggie Diaz Memorial

Friday 24th February

4.00pm – 5.30pm

EXPERIMEDIA SPACE

Experimedia (click to see venue details)

STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA

328 Swanston St, Melbourne

Maggie late 50s

Maggie, late 50s by Clem Fraser

A postscript:

In 2014 I was interviewed by Shots Magazine, an American photographic printed journal that truly honours photography.  As our first American feature, this was a big deal for us and I remember proudly sharing the finished article with Maggie.  She knew that they were her photographs on the pages and she was “duly impressed” by the printing and the presentation.    During the interview, I spoke about Maggie’s dementia and her being caught ‘between two worlds’ and this became the apt title for the article, thanks to editor Russell Joslin. Of course,it also referred to the idea that Maggie always felt stranded in Australia. She constantly referred to her past life in America, even though in the end, more than fifty years had passed.   Interestingly, this really sums up so many things about my life as well.  For 12 years, I was caught between my passion for Maggie and her work; the absolute obsession with her story – and my own life and family.  Now, as I sit in the strange place between grief and healing,  ‘Between Two Worlds’ seems like the perfect title for our latest exhibition. I am delighted to be working with Arts accountant and fine art valuer and consultant, Michael Fox and partner Marianne Carollo, to put this exhibition together and I look forward to seeing you at one or both of our February events.  Thank you for your ongoing interest and support.

Gwendolen De Lacy, February 2017

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4 Responses to “BETWEEN TWO WORLDS”

  1. Helen Bosco Says:

    Hello Gwen

    How are you? Planning on being at both events. I am away for that weekend but will aim to get back early. It will be an honour to come to the library to remember and reflect the life of an amazing talented woman. We often speak of Maggie fondly (you too) Enjoy the day Helen

  2. Maureen Stavely Says:

    Hello Gwen

    A wonderful tribute to a unique, vibrant and talented lady, only made possible by your deep love and affection for Maggie. Looking forward to being part of what will be a fitting recognition to a lifetime of dedication to the lens. Maureen S. xx

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