Four Australian artists from this year’s Head On Photo Festival 2022 Featured exhibitions discuss how they respond to the ever-changing Australian landscape through their photography. This panel will approach the questions; how do we represent the Australian landscape in all its changing forms, both in reality and as a national idea? How can we represent the Australian landscape as both a living breathing thing and an artistic symbol?
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Murray Fredericks is an internationally-recognised and multi-award winning artist and filmmaker. Graduating with a Bachelor of Politics from the University of Sydney in 1992, Fredericks subsequently spent extended periods travelling alone in the Himalaya and Middle Eastern deserts. During this time he became aware of the profound effect that time spent in isolation – particularly in powerful landscapes – can have on the mind and one’s sense of self.
Sydney-based multi-award-winning photographer Chris Round primarily investigates our ever-changing relationship with our 21st-century environment, documenting landscapes and exploring ideas of place. Chris Round’s series The grand scheme deals with the Snowy Hydro Scheme. It is the most ambitious hydroelectric project in Australian history, often called a world wonder.
Evan Hancock is an artist, photographer, and creative director. His work expresses his interest in exploring different cultures and natural environments and has an escapist, timeless and continually fascinating quality. Evan Hancock’s Light.Ash.White marks the tenth anniversary of Victoria’s 2009 Black Saturday, capturing the partial rebirth of a landscape of white carcasses and the acute changes caused by the individual characteristics of the ferocious firestorm that struck the Kinglake, Marysville and the Lake Mountain regions.
Brett Leigh Dicks explores natural and urban landscapes throughout Australia, North America and Europe. He is also a prolific photography writer and curator. In his series Lunch Bars, Brett pays homage to the Western Australia icon, the Lunch Bar and the legacy it has for Australia’s working class.
Judith Nangala Cripsin is a Canberra-based poet and visual artist, published author with a background in music. She is currently the Poetry Editor for the Canberra Times. Crispin a proud member of Oculi collective, one of the chapter leads of Women Photograph, and the 2021 Artist in residence with Music Viva. Cripsin has spent time working with tribal people in the Tanami desert. Her work includes themes of displacement and identity loss, a reflection on her own lost Aboriginal ancestry, but primarily it is centred on the concept of connection with Country. At this year’s Festival Judith presents Dangerous stars, a series of lumachrome glass prints that honour the lives of Australia’s dead flora and Fauna.
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