Art and Industry

On Being Industrious CHINA: on 23 April 2016 Alasdair Foster delivered a short speech on behalf of the international delegates attending the grand opening of the Shenyang Festival of Industrial Photography. Below is an extract from that speech setting a wider philosophical frame for considering the many diverse works in the festival. FOR MORE THAN … Continue reading

Australian Photography Showcased in Dubai

ALASDAIR FOSTER IS THE CURATOR of the Australian exhibit presented in Dubai this March as part of Dubai Photo Exhibition 2016. The Australian work will sit alongside presentations from 23 countries prepared by 18 leading curators from around the world, headed by London-based curator and editor, Zelda Cheatle. This major event is staged under the Patronage of … Continue reading

Australian Photobook of the Year Awards

IT WAS MY HONOUR to chair the judging panel for the self-published category of this year’s Australian Photobook of The Year Awards. The winner was Jordan Madge for his book ‘Red Herring’, which he both photographed and designed. Jordan Madge is a 21-year-old artist with a Bachelor of Photography from Photography Studies College, Melbourne. His book … Continue reading

A Conversation of Memories

: :: Patricia Casey :: Erika Diettes :: Tomoko Hayashi :: Paula Luttringer :: :: Suk Kuhn Oh :: Wendy Sacks :: Diana Thorneycroft :: ~ :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: : This is the catalogue to an exhibition presented at the 2015 PhotoVisa photography festival, Krasnodar, Russia. The exhibition brings together artists from Argentina, … Continue reading

Dream Home

:: Dream Home :: Sian Bonnell :: Magdalena Bors :: Hillerbrand+Magsamen :: Suk Kuhn Oh :: Viktoria Sorochinski :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: This is the catalogue to an exhibition presented at the 2015 Pingyao International Photography Festival, China’s largest and longest-running festival of photomedia arts. Here four artists and one artistic partnership explore that most … Continue reading

Victoriana. Pleasure Garden

Not-So-Simple Pleasures On Saturday 29 August, it was my great pleasure to open an exhibition by the talented Melbourne duo Gerard O’Connor and Marc Wasiak. To introduce their work here are some shots of the installation and event, along with the text of my opening speech… :: In 1861 Albert, the Prince Consort, died. Queen … Continue reading

Dream Home, China

:: DREAM HOME This year, CDC will present the work of four artists and one artistic partnership at China’s largest and longest-running photo festival, the Pingyao International Photograph Festival. Each explores the psychological dislocations between the consumerist ‘dream’, domestic convention and the complex, sometimes dissonant, interior life of the individual. Hailing from four continents, they … Continue reading

POOL GRANT 2015

~ Congratulations to Lyndal Irons winner of the 2015 Pool Grant The grant provides $10,000 to an emerging artist to enable them to create a body of photographs to be exhibited twelve months later at the next award ceremony. The award is organised and presented by the Pool Collective, a group of eminent Australian photographers who put their … Continue reading

‘Compulsion’ Tours Spain

~ MAGDALENA BORS EXHIBITION TOURS IN SPAIN ‘The Art of Domestic Compulsion’, an exhibition of work by the Melbourne-based artist Magdalena Bors, curated by Alasdair Foster, will tour Spain for the next ten months. Commissioned by Galleri Image and now forming part of its permanent collection, the exhibition received rave reviews in Denmark before touring … Continue reading

The Art of Domestic Compulsion

: :: Magdalena Bors :: Curator and writer: Alasdair Foster   This is the catalogue for an exhibition by the Australian artist, Magdalena Bors. The exhibition is currently touring in Europe through a partnership between Galleri Image in Denmark and Cultural Development Consulting in Sydney, with support in Spain from the Centro Andaluz de la … Continue reading

The Black Islands – part two

~ QUALITY AND THE CROWD ~ Back in November 2012, I wrote about a crowd-funding project by the photographer Ben Bohane. Based in Vanuatu, Ben has created an image archive that is now the most comprehensive visual document anywhere of the life and times of the Pacific islands of Melanesia. His fund-raising was successful and … Continue reading

Pool Grant awarded

~ David Maurice Smith wins the 2013 Pool Grant CONGRATULATIONS! to David Maurice Smith, the winner of the 2013 Pool Grant. The award is made by the Pool Collective, a group of eminent Australian photographers who put their own money together to create an annual grant for an emerging photographer to allow them to make … Continue reading

Christophe Canato

~ “Our fears and strengths are born in childhood play” Christophe Canato ~ IT IS AN AGE OF BECOMING. A voyage already begun: the maternal haven to stern and the churn of adolescence still to come. It is a time when the brain is plastic; knowledge is sketchy but tacked together with the rich embroidery … Continue reading

Fables of Change

: :: Hoda Afshar :: Ray Cook :: Simon Harsent :: Owen Leong :: :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: : FABLES OF CHANGE Presented at the Krasnodar Institute of Contemporary Art back in 2013, this exhibition introduced Russian audiences to the work of four Australian artists. Each uses the photographic image to explore … Continue reading

Ouroboros: a Mexican Cycle

: :: Pablo López Luz :: Fernando Montiel Klint :: Dulce Pinzón :: :: curator and writer: Alasdair Foster :: : Ouroboros: a Mexican Cycle OUROBOROS explores the work of three distinguished Mexican photographic artists: Pablo López Luz, Fernando Montiel Klint and Dulce Pinzón. Drawing on the traditions of landscape, social documentary and surrealism, they each … Continue reading

11th Aleppo International Photo Festival

For update, see foot of page… ~ Syria: a Culture of Peace in Time of War “Art and culture do not need a visa to bring nations to meet each other.” Issa Touma ANY ARTIST, GALLERIST OR FESTIVAL ORGANISER in the West who feels life is tough; spare a thought for Issa Touma, the founder … Continue reading

Imagining the Everyday

::  Narelle Autio  ::  Pat Brassington  ::  Peta Clancy  ::  Rebecca Dagnall  ::  Marian Drew  ::  Peter Fitzpatrick  ::  Hayden Fowler  ::  Murray Fredericks  ::  Petrina Hicks  ::  Garth Knight  ::  Bronek Kozka  ::  James Mellon  ::  Denis Montalbetti & Gay Campbell  ::  Deborah Paauwe  ::  Polixeni Papapetrou  ::  Scott Redford  ::  Luke Roberts  ::  David Stephenson  ::  … Continue reading

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