Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Platform Centre for Photographic + Digital Arts, is pleased to present “Disquietude: Landscape and the Australian Imagination”, a talk with visiting curator Alasdair Foster.
In this talk, Foster will draw on his experience as a curator, writer, and magazine editor to address the place of Australian landscape photography in contemporary art. The majority of Australians live in the large, coastal city centres, distanced from the harsh continental centre. The inhospitable vastness of the land evokes a sense of disquiet for many Australians and this seems to have impact on its representation. As a result, landscape is rarely the subject of art photography in that country.
Foster will explore the emerging trend among Australian photographers to annex landscape to the realm of fantasy, creating new worlds of the imagination. The presentation will conclude by considering what Foster deems as the most popular landscape photograph in Australia.
November 30, 2015 – 7pm to 8:30pm
Image credit : Murray, Fredericks Salt 400, 2014