China: Pingyao International Photography Festival 2010

Pingyao International Photography Festival (PIP) …is China’s largest and longest-running photography event and has earned itself an honoured place on the international photo-art calendar. 2010 marked the festival’s tenth anniversary and the Artistic Director, Zhang Guotian, commissioned Alasdair Foster to create a major new exhibition of Australian photomedia to mark the event. The result was Imagining the … Continue reading

Australia & France: Phantasia

Artists: Magdalena Bors, Mark Kimber, Andrew Mamo, Alexia Sinclair and Simon Strong Vivid, complex and magical, the works in this exhibition abandoned the traditional realm of the photographic – the real world – to conjure images of the fantastical. The exhibition took its name from an ancient word describing the artist’s inspiration for picturing the … Continue reading

Michael Riley in Asia

One of the joys of touring an exhibition overseas is seeing the familiar in a new light. So it was when I programmed Michael Riley’s photo series Cloud and the film-work Empire into a show called Photographica Australis. Commissioned by the Australia Council it was one of the show-piece exhibitions that complemented the Australian focus of the … Continue reading

Staring in the Dark

HELEN GRACE INTERVIEWS ALASDAIR FOSTER ~ In the introduction to the exhibition, Staring in the Dark, you make the point that the pornography industry in the US has a turnover three times that of Hollywood & that it now represents the ‘biggest underground minority form’ in the West. In what ways can art and artists … Continue reading

Spain: Photographica Australis at ARCO 2002

~ Artists: Pat Brassington, Lyndell Brown & Charles Green, Brenda L. Croft, Max Doyle, Rose Farrell & George Parkin, Anne Ferran, Joachim Froese, Phillip George, Deborah Paauwe, Polixeni Papapetrou, Scott Redford, Michael Riley, Glenn Sloggett, Darren Sylvester, Martin Walch, Anne Zahalka Photographica Australis was an exhibition of the work of 16 contemporary Australian photomedia artists … Continue reading

Letter from America

In 2001 I was invited to make the keynote speech for a creative media conference at RMIT, Melbourne, entitled “Image & Text: Make It New”.  Presentations would explore new work in a range of mediums that spanned creative writing, photography, animation, multimedia and interactive design. The conference ran 27 and 28 September, shortly after I was to … Continue reading

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