Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium – Borderless Futures, Reimaging the Citizen

Alejandro Chaskielberg, Dark Passage,

Alejandro Chaskielberg, Dark Passage,

Second Ballarat International Foto Biennale Symposium, Presented by Photography Studies College

In the catalogue for the The photograph and Australia exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this year, Senior Curator Judy Annear wrote, ‘There is much at stake in what might constitute the nation state, which is as porous as photography is mutable’. Among its many ideas, the exhibition posited photography in Australia as a medium for the constant renegotiation of the nation.

This symposium aims to continue the discussion generated by the most important exhibition of photography in Australia in 25 years, by looking beyond national borders to ask what it means to be a global citizen, with particular reference to the role of images. The keynote speakers will be Professor Nikos Papastergiadis, from The University of Melbourne, and Senior Curator Judy Annear, from the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In addition, there will be presentations from practitioners, teachers, academics, curators, librarians, and independent scholars.

Date: August 29th 9:15am to 7:30pm

Venue: Arts Academy (Federation University), Ballarat

Register on the BIFB Symposium website.

About the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale opens this weekend for a month long celebration of international and Australian photography.

The core programs includes twenty-one Australian and International artists who will be exhibited across seven venues, including the Ballarat Mining Exchange, the Art Gallery of Ballarat, and the Ballarat Town Hall. Artists include Pang XiangLiang from China, Belinda Mason from Australia, Alejandro Chaskielberg frin Argentina, Angela Bacon Kidwell from the US, and Boryana Katsarova from Belarus. See the full program here.

BIFB Fringe Program

This year there will be over 25 local Ballarat photographers participating in the Fringe Program. Two of the locals to feature in this year’s program include Jeremy Bannister photographs of ‘Rock n Roll’ in the turbulent and opulent 1980’s when cameras were mechanical and fast film meant 400 ASA. Aldona Kmiec is a Polish-Australian artist based in Ballarat. Specialising in photomurals and portraiture, her photographic portraits seek to capture the personalities of her artistic friends against the inner world of dreams.

More details of the Fringe Program here.