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The long search for freedom Invisible Lives Artworks

The long search for freedom

“The long search for freedom” ‪11 July‬ 2017, Train Melbourne – Ballarat. ‪1.17pm‬ [This dream was the inspiration for my ‘In The Process of healing’ exhibition at BALLARAT Convent, Ballarat Foto Biennale 2017 In the Process of Healing] Last night I had a dream. I’ve been walking on a bridge with Suganthini. The bridge was…

Heather Marsh Breckin musician portrait artist Ballarat

Breckin: ‘Life of the Party’ clip

Breckin, which means freckled, is the moniker of Melbourne-based visual artist, poet and singer-songwriter, Heather Marsh. Her debut album, Shiner, is both bruised and brilliant. It illuminates and holds an oblique mirror to the perennial subject of love and loss in a series of songs that are equal parts elegy, sympathy card and therapy session.…

Ballarat Murals Aldona Kmiec Street art photography tours

Ballarat Murals

Back in 2013 artist Aldona Kmiec, Polish-born Ballarat Photographer and resident facilitated City of Ballarat We R You Ballarat Murals project – massive digital photo portraits of everyday Ballarat residents being pasted up in the graffiti hotspots across Ballarat. The City of Ballarat’s Arts and Culture unit has been working with various community groups and services on…

Dreamscapes portraits Aldona Kmiec Artist Unicorns are real Photographic limited edition print

Dreamscapes

Dreamscapes are Aldona Kmiec’s new photographic series. Aldona’s use of photography brings the viewer a unique perspective of the Australian landscape and explores her interest in the feminine psyche. Limited edition photographs of staged performances with romantic scenes of local art heroes emerging from an ever-changing landscape are part of the Dreamscapes series. Elusive unicorn in a…

Bohemian Secret Australian Bush landscape large format camera

Artist Documentary: Sonia Macak

Meet Sonia Macak, Czech born photographer living just outside of Ballarat. In 2013 we spent a day together in her darkroom. Sadly, in 2016 Sonia’s property was much affected by fire but luckily no buildings were burnt down. In my film, Sonia reenacts the fascination with wet plate collodion photography, something quite magical in the era of post-photography, iPhones…

Jessica Andersen painter Clunes fields by Aldona Kmiec Photographer

Jessica Andersen Artist photoshoot near Clunes

Photographer’s Assistant: Louisa Lobigs Props: Magda Kazmierczak Shooting conditions: Tue 16th Feb 2016 after 6.30pm 12C, windy I met painter Jessica Andersen through the newly formed local artists group SHAC – Soldiers Hill Arts Collective. The group was formed quite accidentally during regular dog walks around Ballarat’s oldest suburb Soldiers Hill where we all reside. Jessica took part…

Graeme Innes AM portrait disability human rights campaigner, lawyer ALDONA KMIEC PHOTOGRAPHER

Graeme Innes AM portrait

 “We are not victims or heroes, but agents of our own destiny”  Graeme Innes This morning I had a great honour to take a portrait photograph of one of Australia’s well known lawyers and disability and human rights campaigners, Graeme Innes AM. Graeme is a chair of Attitude Foundation and his organisation is about changing attitudes towards people with disabilities.…

Shermaine Heng Breathe Woman Ballarat

Shermaine Heng: Breathe, Woman!

Artist-in-Residence, Shermaine Heng has worked with women from diverse cultural backgrounds in Ballarat throughout February and March 2015. Together they developed a 40 minute contemporary dance piece that reflects their unique stories and experiences. Women of all ages and backgrounds have contributed to the piece in many creative ways, through individual choreography, interviews and much…

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