Humpty Doom Past Event

photographs from ‘Humpy Doom’ Liss Fenwick


Sat 20 May 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Free, no booking required


43-45 Edward St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia


To celebrate the release of Humpty Doom, artist Liss Fenwick and editor Harry Culy from Bad News Books (Aotearoa) discuss the process of creating a photobook.  The conversation will take place inside an exhibition of the work at Hillvale Gallery, Brunswick.

Spanning 20 years, Liss photographs the Larrakia Country on which their family lives, addressing the inevitable failures of stolen land. “I grew up in a rural district on the tropical fringe of the “northern territory”, Humpty Doo. Haunted by pictures I took as a teenager (some included in the book) I make photographs of the next generation of my family growing up in this place.”

Darkly humorous and intimate, with the surrounding savannah environment, Humpty Doom engages with what it means to represent what will always be Larrakia land. The book was edited by the Bad News Books team and designed by Stuart Geddes.

“Until I looked at these pages, I had never supposed that a book might have little need for words.” – Gerald Murnane on Humpty Doom

Presented by Bad News Books
Bad News Books is an independent publishing house based between Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia founded in 2015. Bad News Books collaborates with leading and emerging artists to create contemporary art and photography publications. Our purpose is to provide a platform to present and elevate diverse voices from across New Zealand and Australia, and investigate the possibilities of the book form to tell these stories.

Liss Fenwick Speaker

Liss Fenwick is a visual artist from Larrakia country in the Northern Territory, currently living in Naarm/Melbourne. They were awarded the Fineman New Photography Award in 2021, the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2018, and are currently working on a PhD at RMIT University.

Harry Culy Speaker

Harry Culy (born 1986) lives and works in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. In 2020 he completed a Master of Fine Arts at Toi Rauwhārangi College of Creative Arts, Massey University Wellington. In 2021 he was awarded the Arts Foundation Laureate receiving the Marti Friedlander Photographic Award. He is the editor at Bad News Books with Robyn Daly and Michael Mahne Lamb, which collaborates with artists to produce artist books. He is represented by Jhana Millers Gallery Wellington.