|Bendigo Art Gallery, 42 View Street, Bendigo VIC 3550|
Bendigo Art Gallery and La Trobe Art Institute present this exciting program of workshops and free talks. The program will provide participants with a gateway to explore Photo 2020 in Bendigo.
PHOTO 2020 is a major new International festival of Photography presented across 25 cultural institutions, museums and galleries in Melbourne and Regional Victoria. The inaugural festival will now run in September 2020 and will interrogate the critical relationship between photography and truth in contemporary life.
Join exhibiting artists, curators, academics and cultural leaders as we examine the capacity of photography to simultaneously unmask hidden truths and create imagined realities. Register for a workshop where you will learn new ways to build photographic narratives and join our expert panelists as they explore the micro imaging of biology and macro geographic and cultural world views.
Bendigo's PHOTO 2020 program day will be on Saturday 26 September with full details to come.
The Burning World
Bendigo Art Gallery
Hoda Afshar, Peta Clancy, Michael Cook and Rosemary Laing
The Burning World features major works by Australian artists Hoda Afshar, Peta Clancy, Michael Cook and Rosemary Laing. Taking its title from the apocalyptic science fiction text of the same name by J G Ballard, the exhibition interrogates urban and natural landscapes to reveal darker truths about human inhabitations. Addressing the contemporary ramifications of past actions, the works hold confronting realities in tension with idyllic and iconic environments, challenging dominant narratives to focus attention on what has been overlooked, denied or concealed. In particular, they draw upon colonial histories, fact and fiction, to consider the landscape as an amorphous political site.
La Trobe Art Institute
Danica Chappell presents a new commissioned body of work in collaboration with chemical biologist Dr Donna Whelan.
In 2020, La Trobe Art Institute takes a look at collaboration across disciplines, bringing an artist into the University to work with the Institute of Molecular Science. Collaboratory is a biennial exhibition series that explores collaboration in contemporary art practice.
Chappell has a curiosity for spatial-temporal abstraction. Working with the elasticity of process from ‘darkroom haptic’ actions, the artist skirts the peripheries of photography to deconstruct material conventions. Chappell will exhibit new work drawn from a collaborative engagement with La Trobe University chemical biologist Dr Whelan and research she is undertaking using her own designed and built single-molecule laser microscope.