Two weekends ago I went to Ballarat to see the Foto Biennale, a huge photography exhibition spread across multiple sites in Ballarat and nearby towns. I focused on the core program exhibited in the Ballarat gallery, the town hall, the mining exchange and the trade’s hall.
I was very impressed with the Tim Griffith photos of skyscrapers and other new architecture across Asia at the Ballarat gallery. My favourite was Nathalie Daoust’s series of artistic facedowns ‘Frozen in time’, also at the gallery.
I liked the Bruno Benini fashion work (above), and the Gerhard Joren series (below) documenting brothels, porn production and sex clubs in the V Line goods shed.
Thomas Roessler’s Saar river photos (Germany) were good, as were the the Pommerfritz Crew’s photos of decaying farmhouses near the Po river (Italy). I was most impressed with Samantha Everton’s serene underwater women.
Sam Oster’s ‘Short circuit’ (above and below).
I liked the somberness of Konrad Winkler’s ‘Leila: losing Frank’ (below and top) in the mining exchange building.
The fantastic mining exchange building (below)
The best thing about the work in the Ballarat town hall (a series of works by local featuring locals) was the interior itself – typical Victorian grandiose features (below).
Finally, the Ballarat town hall also has an impressive doily collection (below).