• Artist
    Sheena Macrae
  • Title
    Owen (Rear Window)
  • Date of Production
    2008
  • Medium
    Glass diasec C-Print
  • Dimensions
  • Credit Details
    Courtesy the artist

BIFB at AGB Sheena Macrae: The Projectionists


Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Sunday, September 15, 2013, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Minnie Williamson Gallery
Admission: Free


Sheena Macrae's Projectionists series originates from the Hollywood urban legend that projectionists steal frames from the films they screen. She researched this story, tracking down the illicit collectors and convincing them to lend their mementos, 35mm film frames from often famous films.

Once enlarged and printed, the glossy images accentuate the qualities of the stolen souvenir with scratches and broken sprockets and each Projectionist piece suggests a perverse folly, being monumental yet also referencing the collector and their covert collection.

"Upon seeing these images, fragments of our collective cinematic memory are evoked. Yet, these original frames have been pulled out of the films' circulation and in that, no longer exist."

Macrae began as a filmmaker and her work is filtered through film language and theory, with an emphasis on how meaning is contrived and what an audience adds to the experience. Her work manipulates popular iconography in film and video through compression, exploring the modern fascination with speed, nostalgia, information and entertainment.

She graduated from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Canada, and Goldsmiths College, London in the UK. She has won awards and exhibited internationally, most notably with a monograph exhibition at the Musée d'Art Contemporain Val-de-Marne in Paris, at Whitechapel Gallery in London, and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. She has also been the artist-in-residence at Monash University in Melbourne.

 This exhibition is part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013 Core Program.