BELARUS:  Minsk Month of Photography

IN SEPTEMBER 2016, the work of four Australian artists featured as a centre piece to the Month of Photography in Minsk. The artists were Hoda Afshar, Ray Cook, Simon Harsent and Owen Leong. Entitled ‘Fables of Change’ the exhibition explored diverse understandings of change: personal, social, cultural and environmental. Each artist approached the subject through the poetic visual language of allegory to create fables that address variously: hybridity, metamorphosis, dissolution and adaptation.

Curated by Alasdair Foster and toured by PhotoVisa, Russia, the exhibition was staged in the festival’s main exhibition hall, in the centre of the Belarusian capital. Over ten thousand people visited the festival during its month-long run and it is estimated that the media coverage reached further quarter of a million people.




A free online English-language catalogue for this exhibition is available from the CDC website library here…


Images (from the top):
© Hoda Afshar ‘A dog’s breakfast’ 2011 from the series ‘The In-Between Spaces’
© Simon Harsent ‘Melt #29′ 2008 from the series ‘Melt: Portrait of an Iceberg’
Left: © Owen Leong ‘Michele’ 2010 from the series ‘Birthmark’
Right: © Ray Cook ‘My Right Arm’ from the series‘Money Up Front and No Kissing’
catalogue to ‘Fables of Change’ (image © Owen Leong)

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