Through perceptions of presence and absence, LUMINA Collective’s new exhibition Echoes explores the ways in which photographic image-making in Australia is inherently linked to questions of identity and place and to generational stories of translocation. Echoes the latest exhibition project from LUMINA Collective opened at the Art Gallery of Ballarat on December 15, 2018 on view for three months until it closed on 10 March 2019. The exhibition occupied five major exhibition spaces within the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Australia’s oldest and largest regional gallery. LUMINA artists explored eight stories, their themes evoked through individual photographic installations, each member showing work in an intimate space.

By embracing long-form deeply embedded personal practices, Echoes investigates ideas of identity through explorations of family history, trauma and loss, migration, notions of home as well as the formulation of social and cultural Australian identities. In her 2011 article Photography and Place, writer and prominent Australian curator Judy Annear suggests that “in this photography of place and residue, (there is) an implicit acknowledgement of the role of the photographer as a mediator and a storyteller, and the story is not at all straightforward. It is not picture-postcard perfect.”

Julie McLaren, Curator Art Gallery of Ballarat

"It is the priority of a regional gallery to represent a wide range of voices and experiences which will resonate with visitors. The Art Gallery of Ballarat is proud to present work by eight leading female photographers who explore the complexities of social and cultural identity in Australia. Photography critic Sean O’Hagan writes that ‘photographs should be intimate. And everyday. And luminous.’ In Echoes, Lumina Collective achieves this by showcasing eight deeply personal and moving stories which draw the viewer into scenes which feel like an intrusion on deeply personal moments. In an age where photography is created and consumed daily, Lumina Collective reclaim the medium as a method of exploring notions of identity, memory, family and loss in a way which prompts the viewer to slow down and contemplate these intimate scenes."

Echoes was supported by the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Harold and Gwenneth Harris Foundation, The Department of Medical Humanities, University of Sydney, Pholpo, Canon Australia, High Res Digital and La Trobe University.

Echoes: 15 December 2018 – 10 March 2019
Symposium and Speakers: 2 March 2019

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