200 years on is a photographic survey documenting a cross-section of communities in regional NSW. Inspired by the 1818 Macquarie River expedition of British explorer John Oxley, Grammatica travelled the same route, producing portraits of the individuals he encountered along the way.
Grammatica is an Italian photographer who recently migrated to Australia. Having experienced the challenge of creating a sense of belonging in a new country, the artist uses portraiture in this exhibition to explore the cultural identities and stories of individuals and places along the route he travelled.
Grammatica discovers a diverse and interconnected human landscape, and through this work catalogues and reflects on societal changes whilst highlighting the growing diversity of regional NSW. The portraits in 200 years on emphasise the importance and contributions each individual has made to our rapidly changing society. The works are presented with the option of an interactive audio guide tour.
The exhibition, and each photograph, has a QR code. This allows people to discover the different installations and enjoy the stories of the people in the photographs, not just with their eyes, but also their ears. Audio guide
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Ronnie Grammatica is a photographer who’s still exploring what it means to be Australian after relocating from Italy in 2014. He was trained at Bauer, the oldest photography school in Italy, known for reflecting the art education of the Bauhaus.
Since arriving in Australia, Grammatica has been using portraiture to document communities in regional Australia as part of his journey. Grammatica often displays his work as temporary public art installations within the communities he photographs, provoking the community into thought as they reflect back on themselves. He wants the audience to stop, look, listen and reflect on the stories of the individuals as well as the story of our community and who we are today. More recently he has been experimenting with new technologies to supplement and add another level to his work.
In 2017, Grammatica was a finalist in the STILL: Still Life National Award. In 2020 he had his first solo exhibition in Australia at the Western Plains Cultural Centre as part of the HomeGround program.
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