August 14, 2015

Friday Round Up - 14 August, 2015

This week it's all about the sixth edition of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale which opens in Ballarat, 90 minutes west of Melbourne, on Saturday 22 August. The Festival runs until 20 September and Festival Director Jeff Moorfoot and his team have put together an impressive program. This week Friday Round Up features a selection of the international exhibitions in the Core Program. Next week it's opening night and a preview to the Australians that will be on show.

Festival Feature:

This year in addition to the core program and fringe exhibitions there are a host of workshops too - 15 in total - including Getting Loose with Your Camera a one-day workshop by Sam Harris whose book The Middle of Somewhere has its official Australian launch at the Festival. Visual Storytelling: The Fundamentals of Documentary Photography is a three-day workshop run by Oculi members Dean Sewell and David Maurice Smith - this is a truly fantastic opportunity to learn from two of the most respected and accomplished documentary photographers in Australia. For those who are keen to get their portfolio into shape, Sally Brownbill is holding a one day workshop Editing Images and Building a Portfolio. And there's a Photo Book Making Marathon Workshop with Blurb. Check out the program for the full list of workshops. Check out the festival website for the full workshop program.

Core Program - Selected International Exhibitions

Boryana Katsarova - Freezing

In the series Freezing, Bulgarian photojournalist Boryana Katsarova has created exquisite portraits of commuters peering out through frosted windows during the coldest winter on record in Bulgaria. The series was shot in 2012 in Sofia, during a winter that saw temperatures of minus 20 Celsius and heavy snow storms that crippled the city's transport system and isolated villages. Boryana continues to work on this series while also pursuing projects as a Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting grantee. 

On show at St Patrick’s Community

Thomas Kellner - Genius Loci 

German visual artist, curator and educator Thomas Kellner's interest lies in experimental and conceptual photography. In his career he has developed different pinhole series, photogram work and printings in alternative techniques such as cyanotype, saltpaper and others. Since 2003 Thomas has been working on architectural exteriors and interiors around the world as seen in his exhibition Genius Loci. The buildings, which appear to be broken apart, are designed to evoke the vulnerability of our values and creations. Thomas has exhibited around the world and his work is held in private and public collections.

On show at St Patrick’s Community

Alejandro Chaskielberg - La Creciente

With a background as a photojournalist and DOP, Argentinian photographic artist Alejandro Chaskielberg works with photography "in the border between document and fiction". He's been named one of PDN magazine's 30 new and emerging photographers to watch and is the winner of the POYi award for the best Latin American portrait. His work has been exhibited in Brazil, Argentina, New York, Norway, The Netherlands and Japan.

On show at the Ballarat Mining Exchange

In brief:

China: Pang Xiang Liang - The Drilling Workers
at Ballarat Trades Hall

France: Nicolas Dhervillers - Road Movie
at Art Gallery of Ballarat

Germany: J Scriba - Element_1
at Art Gallery of Ballarat

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