CCP 2012 Lecture Series
Hear from internationally renowned artists Richard Billingham (UK) and Anne Noble (NZ); Kim Simon, Curator of Gallery TPW, Toronto and Sandra Barnard (NSW), one of Australia's formost fine art hand-printers.
UK artist Richard Billingham speaks about his photographic, film and video practice.
Richard Billingham graduated from Sunderland University, UK in 1994 with a degree in painting. In 1994, whilst still a student, some photographs he'd made originally as research for his paintings were included in the exhibition Who's Looking at the Family? at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. In 1997 he was the first recipient of the The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize (now the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize) and his work was subsequently included in Sensation at the Royal Academy, London. Gradually he gave up painting to make photographs and to experiment with video and film. In 1998, BBC2 screened his film Fishtank and in 2001 he was nominated for the Turner Prize. In 2007-8, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne presented a survey exhibition of his photography and video work.
Kim Simon will introduce Toronto's Gallery TPW and share a thread of her curatorial work investigating an ethics of showing and looking, in relation to the aesthetics of troubling images. Simon will discuss her exhibitions and discursive programs looking at work by Polish artist Artur Zmijewski, American documentary photographer Eric Gottesman, filmmaker Renzo Martens, and a group exhibition looking at the relation between difficult knowledge, narrative abstraction, affect and thought in works by Chanarin and Broomberg (UK), Jannicke Laker (Norway), Ken Gonzales-Day (US), John Moore (US) and Paolo Canevari (It).
Kim Simon is Curator of Gallery TPW in Toronto. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit venue for photographic practices, Gallery TPW is committed to a media-specific but now expanded mandate, addressing the vital role that images play in contemporary culture and exploring the exchange between photography and time-based media.
Kim Simon's visit to Australia is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts International Visitors Program, in association with Artspace, Sydney and Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania.
Fine art hand printer Sandra Barnard will speak about the relationship between a printer and the artist, in conversation with Naomi Cass, CCP Director.
Sandra Barnard has been a professional photographic printer for thirty years. About 15 years ago she began to encourage artists to become more involved in the production of their work. Her artists include Brook Andrew, Simryn Gill, Rosemary Laing, Janet Laurence and Jacky Redgate. Working mainly from film-based originals and printing optically in a darkroom in both colour and black and white, Barnard prints on a variety of different materials, often at large scale and sometimes crossing to digital for certain requirements.
Anne Noble's photographic project, Whiteout is positioned in inverse relation to the grand and heroic conventions of Antarctic representation. An extended series of photographs of changing light in flat white space proposes an aesthetic of fragility rather than grandeur and an experience of Antarctica relevant to contemporary rather than historical relationships to place.
In a discussion of her Antarctic projects Noble will reflect on how photography informs our relationships to place. In addition she will talk about her current role as Australia and New Zealand curator for the 2013 Photoquai Biennale and some of the challenges for contemporary documentary photography now.
Anne Noble is Professor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. She is one of New Zealand's most respected photographers. Her work is widely exhibited internationally in the United States, Spain, Germany, France and Australia and is held in numerous international collections. In 2003 she was awarded the Order of Merit for services to photography in New Zealand.
Last Updated 13 September 2012