The Australian writer and curator, Alasdair Foster, has been commissioned to write 12 monthly features for the celebrated Chinese art-photo magazine PhotoWorld. Spanning some 12-16 pages, each article and portfolio will focus on the work of a contemporary Australian photomedia artist, with a special emphasis on the diversity of approach and visual language at play in our country.
The series launched in January with the work of the respected Victorian artist Polixeni Papapetrou whose fantastical tableaux, created with her children Olympia and Solomon, have established a significant international reputation for the artist and her work. (Alasdair Foster will also present her work at the Fotográfica Bogotá biennale, Colombia, in May.)
In February the spotlight fell on Sam Harris, whose personal journey has taken him from the glamour of London Britpop to rural Western Australia where he has created a delicately poetic image-journal of family life. The other Australian photomedia artists to be feature during the year are Pat Brassington, Patricia Casey, Marian Drew, Murray Fredericks, Garth Knight, Murray McKeich, Glenn Sloggett, Robyn Stacey, David Stephenson and William Yang.
With over 50,000 subscribers, PhotoWorld represents a significant opportunity to showcase Australian talent in China and, more importantly, to animate an enriching cultural conversation between our two regions. The initiative was developed between Cultural Development Consulting, Australia (CDC) and PhotoWorld’s publisher, the Xinhua News Agency.
Cultural Development Consulting, Australia (CDC)