Owen (Rear Window)
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Glass diasec C-Print
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Courtesy the artist
BIFB at AGB Sheena Macrae: The Projectionists
Saturday, August 17, 2013 -
Sunday, September 15, 2013,
10:00 AM -
Minnie Williamson Gallery
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
"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.