Curators Naomi Cass and Gareth Syvret
Constructed at the height of Australia’s gold rush in 1864, the former Union Bank stands in the centre of Ballarat as a powerful symbol of the rise of western capitalism and the development of colonial Australia. Capital is curated in this architectural space as it undergoes transformation into the city’s new National Centre For Photography.
The exhibition explores the use of the photography as a method for reflecting upon systems of value and exchange in contemporary Indigenous and settler cultures. Drawing together Australian and international practices that encounter forms of financial, political, human and photography’s own capital, the project questions the capitalist model and its legacy. If the invisible hand of the market grips the world, then Capital proposes that art can reveal and question that which seeks to bind us. Featuring Gabi Briggs (Aus), Peta Clancy (Aus), Mark Curran (UK), Simryn Gill (Malaysia/Aus), Kristian Haggblom (Aus), Newell Harry (Aus), Lisa Hilli (Aus), Nicholas Mangan (Aus), Darren Siwes (Aus), Martin Toft (UK), Yvonne Todd (NZ), Justine Varga (Aus) and Arika Waulu (Aus).
DATES: 24 AUG-20 OCT
VENUE: National Centre For Photography, Mitchell Family Gallery
Venue Phone: 03 5331 4833