As the largest photographic festival in Australia, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale is proud to support and host a number of exhibitions by emerging Australian and international photographers.
Alongside many established Australian and international photographers, BIFB will be exhibiting photographs from such up-coming artists as Judith Crispin and Colin Page.
Colin Page was born on the tiny island of Samara i in Papua New Guinea. He spent his early childhood living on Kiriwina Island and describes memories of this time as an inseparable blend of treasured moments and the Kodachrome view of the islands seen in his family's slide shows. His first camera was a Diana, which he used for years, blissfully unaware that there was no film recording his compositions. He put film in the camera while studying at RMIT, where he graduated with a BA in Photography in 1990.
Colin travelled Australia as a portrait photographer then moved back to Melbourne to pursue commercial, advertising and personal work. Colin will be exhibiting the series The Gods which utilizes ultraviolet light to expose his subjects, the result being haunting, powerful images, highlighting both the vulnerability and determination of individuals.
Whilst Judith is renowned for her poetic photography, this is only one aspect of her varied skill. She is also an accomplished composer and poet currently living in Berlin as a post doctorial fellow at Humboldt University. After studying musk at Melbourne Conservatorium of Musk and the Canberra School of Musk, Judith gained her PhD in composition and musicology from the Australian National University in 2004. Following on from her doctoral studies, Judith continued her composition studies in Paris during 2005.
Her multifaceted talent in musk and poetry shines through in her photography and is evident in her series The Cartogrophers Illusion which aims to represent memory as record and simulacrum, without abstraction or objectivity, the emotional spaces where memory becomes signifier and symbol- a representational territory transformed by light to function as a mirror of being.
Ballarat International Foto Biennale
BIFB aims to promote photography in all its forms, to educate, inspire and question by presenting photography from the world to Australia and from Australia to the world.