John Barbour's Flashlight District consists of both photographic lightboxes and architectural/architectronic models. In previous installations, Barbour's lightboxes have played performative roles, illuminating forms, materials, architectural details and spaces. The models muck around with conventional notions of architecture, upsetting its perceived externality to the body in favour of a kind of ontological growth - a spreading from the inside. The modest imagery shown in these boxes and through these forms is at once formal and reserved, querulous and emotionally moving. In Flashlight District, this ongoing series of journal-like works is shown together for the first time in Melbourne, providing an overview of their persistent production and positioning them distinctly in terms of the photographic. Here, their isolation from any original exhibition context initiates alternative readings which must take into account both their subject-matter and their presence as photography, as recording, as a developing history of relations.
Centre for Contemporary Photography
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Seven nights after dark