Two exhibitions are coming to the Art Gallery of Ballarat as part of the core program of the highly anticipated Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) 2023.

Images from the Effacement collection: left: She the Magaonghusa, 2022; centre: She the Effaced, 2022; right: She the Silenced, 2022. by Karenne Ann and Heather Horrocks, © Karenne Ann

‘Effacement’ presents a collection of images about identity by Karenne Ann and Heather Horrocks, who live and work on Wadawurrung Country (Ballarat). They formed a post-pandemic collaboration called ISOyoh and this exhibition shows how masks can change everything. Photographic images by Karenne Anne loom from the walls and distort the identity of the maker, Heather Horrocks, who wears them. They are created from redundant VHS tape that once held stories, manipulated with a crochet hook to tell new ones – about the war on a virus, the war on climate change and the war on women. In the exhibition, the tapes are incorporated into a recreated sitting room of the Norman Lindsay family within the Gallery, disrupting its peaceful atmosphere.

Ian Kemp, Carachi Pampa, 2023. Digital photograph. © Ian Kemp

Ballarat-based photographer Ian Kemp, presents ‘Neverlasting’, an exhibition that captures the natural world metaphorically describing the transcience of human life, its permanence and its impermanence. Highlighting the beauty of line, form, and composition within the otherworldly images convey the impending change that will come with the seasons, a metaphor for the inner transitions along the progress of human life.
Both exhibition run from 26 August to 22 October 2023 as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (BIFB) 2023. Click here for more information.