Mirror is a body of photographic work documenting Canberra's institutional swimming pools, exploring an aspect of Australian national identity. Looking at Australian architecture, beginning with the first Australian swimming pool built in Manuka, the photographs seek to engage on a historical as well as philosophical level. The changing architecture of institutional swimming pools reflects public desire for increasing control of public and private space, hygiene, climate and behaviours. For Lochhead, swimming havens mirror living bodies, being composed mostly of water contained within the armature or skin of architecture and having a life and maintenance cycle of their own.
This work is supported by Arts ACT
Centre for Contemporary Photography
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Seven nights after dark