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Pilbara Project April 10, 2011

Posted by bohdan.warchomij in : Art, Australian photographers, exhibition , trackback

We need stories to match the size of the open pit mines, the length of the trains, the keels of the carriers.’
William L Fox, 2010

Tony Hewitt Photography
Tony Hewitt Photography

Christian Fletcher Photography
Christian Fletcher Photography

Tony Hewitt Photography
Tony Hewitt Photography

In February 2011 FORM  presented the first Pilbara Project exhibition. This exhibition opened on consecutive nights in both FORM Gallery in Perth and the Courthouse Gallery in Port Hedland, and features new photography and film by  artists Les Walkling, Tony Hewitt, Christian Fletcher, Michael Fletcher and Peter Eastway. Curated by William L. Fox, Director of the Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, the exhibition considers the collision and interconnection between  land, industry and the cultures of the Pilbara.

The work depicts a set of visual narratives and individual stories from these creative minds, offering a new and different way of seeing and knowing this place. The exhibition considers industry, so crucial to this region, the state and nation, but also acknowledges that industry is just one layer within the complex strata of the Pilbara’s identity and history.

Have caught up with The Pilbara Project as it approaches the end of its run at FORM gallery in Murray Street Perth.  It comes down on the 29th April 2011 and is a must see collection of work from a group of well respected photographers  on the unique landscape of the Pilbara. The scale and the quality and  the creative insight behind the project will ensure this exhibition’s  impact on Australian photography.

Photographing the landscape as image, text or theatre removes it from its symbolic connection to the material earth. Landscape remains more than representation and the social practice that constructs it, although there are elements of that in this exhibition. The social relevance of landscape inevitably exceeds the purely visual and this collective ehibition has succeeded in travelling well beyond representation.

Image Les Walkling Copyright
September, 22 2010
Old Drive-In, South of Karratha
Les Walkling


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