Can we say then that Australian photography is significantly different from trends and developments elsewhere?
Spaces create stories. In the late 1970s, Sydney’s underground walkways and parking stations were the places where you could experience the stark, modernist spaces of the era’s science fiction movies.
The tension between traditional portraits and works that sit at the limits of what most people consider a portrait is the friction that fires up the whole engine of the prize.
A ruin is something that has to be seen.
It would be a mistake to consider the work of Vernon Ah Kee as purely political in motivation.
“The present is being dismal, so instead of keeping a temporality where the present and the past influence the future, we want to switch things around and have the future influence the present.”
“PEOPLE OF PERTH… I COME WITH A MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE – THE ART WORLD IS AWESOME AND EVERYTHING IS FINE…”