Few events can claim to bring the world to Ballarat but the Seventh Ballarat International Foto Biennale is one such event.
Hosting more than 100 exhibitions from local and international artists, the exhibition shows over 30 days the scope and breath possible in photography, incorporating work from a range of elite and emerging photographers.
New Biennale Artistic Director Fiona Sweet is proud of the selection of photographers on show, including iconic American photographer, David LaChapelle. “David LaChapelle is one of the rare photographers able to transcend the barriers between fine art and commercial photography, often with a profound social message.”
A huge fan of his work, Fiona says that when she realised he had never exhibited in Australia she knew that his work would be incredibly significant for the Biennale and for Australia, and is thrilled to host his exhibit as an Australian first.
Other highlights from the Biennale include TELL, an exhibition featuring 17 acclaimed indigenous photographers, fashion photography by Michelle Mountain and Bruno Benini, and the practice of many other artists and photographers.
Bruce Keller - Photo Booth photos, 14 circa 1970
Another exhibition - SELF/SELFIE, specifically looks at the fanciful nature of selfies, and questions their contribution to the culture of narcissism and promotion of conformist behaviour.
Covering topics like the Milky Way, refugees and immigration, documentary photography and visual activists, the biennale offers a wide program of events, including workshops, outdoor events, with something for everyone to get involved!
The 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale ends on the 17 September!
Dates: 19 August - 17 September 2017
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