‘Sonder – everyone has a story to tell’

“Photography is a small voice at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness” – W. Eugene Smith (American photojournalist)

Monica Suchanek

‘Sonder – everyone has a story to tell’ 
is a group photographic exhibition by the Diploma of Photo Imaging students at CATC Design School, Melbourne opening on Friday 20 November, 6-9pm at Melbourne Arts Club, Preston.

Sonder n. ”The realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own…”

The title ‘Sonder’ was chosen for the vivid and complex ideas that appear in this exhibition. It’s an enigmatic word that creates an air of ambiguity and challenges the way the exhibitors look at other people’s lives. The camera is the pen with which they tell their stories, each unique and intriguing. Through writing their visual narratives, they bring the backdrop of their lives to the forefront and produce a sense of ‘sonder’.

The exhibition highlights themes that embrace the landscape, the portrait, the object or dreams and visions have been explored: from reflecting on identity, intimacy, cultural norms, sweet surrender, life in old-­age, fast-paced city life, architectural simplicity and handling power, to children in detention, connecting with nature, celebrating diversity, creating illusions or allusions… ‘Sonder’ embraces the obscure, the harmonious, the moment, the randomness and mystery of life.

Melbourne Arts Club
20 November to 10 December, 2015

Artwork by Monica Suchanek