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The world’s second largest festival will once again be spread across Sydney.

Head On Photo Festival will see 200 photographic events held at 100 venues from the CBD to Penrith.

“We have had a great response to the call for events,’ said Head On founder Moshe Rosenzveig.

‘We have spent many months sorting through the applications and are pleased to release a complete program that offers something for everyone. We have exhibitions focusing on a number of different
countries around the world as well as exhibitions that highlight various social issues such as gender stereotyping.”

The list of things to do includes open studios, workshops and outdoor exhibitions.

‘This year we have been approached by various photographers from around the globe who are keen to take part in Head On,’ said Ms Rosenzveig.

‘We will have specialist photographic presenters from America, India and Russia alongside our very own top Australian photographers.’

Photo-media Artist Rowena Hall will bring her first solo exhibition, History Bearing, to Head On.

“The Festival offers Sydney a unique chance to experience the richness that the photographic medium brings to the arts as a whole,” Ms Hall said.

“It also showcases many experienced and emerging artists and photographers. It provides us with a platform and a network to operate from and within.”

Her series of work reveals historical stories of women from 850AD to 1960.

Ms Hall said: “The festival is layered with works that all fall into this medium of ‘photography’ yet the works made and the people that produce them can be worlds apart in vision, technique, experience and culture.”

Ms Hall has emphasised fertility in her exhibition, which readjusts the female body’s representation over time.

“I became more aware of how, throughout western art’s history, the concept of woman that had been consistently expressed excluded her pregnant body,” Ms Hall said.

“I found that where depictions of pregnant women did exist, modern art theorists further censored the pregnant body by denying that the pregnant looking subjects were indeed pregnant.”

Ms Hall worked for four years on History Bearing: “At it’s inception, I certainly felt the premise behind my work was timely”

“Some of the stories about women I came across in the process of looking for narratives to recreate,” Ms Hall said.

“I have found that the images bring a lot of intrigue, and they entertain people as much as they challenge them. We are just not use to seeing the pregnant body in this context.”