The Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s Core Outdoor Program invigorates the city by transforming busy streets, laneways, shopfronts and landmark buildings into exhibition spaces with public art. Visit ❤️THE BRIDGE, now exhibiting Mass Isolation Australia.
The Australian Premiere exhibition ‘Mass Isolation Australia’, created in the midst of lockdown, March 2020 to establish a visual record of the pandemic. It quickly became a way to see the pandemic unfold through Australian eyes. It has become a source of connection with the community in a time of social distance. More than 12,000 images were uploaded to the #MassIsolationAus Instagram project from photographers across rural, regional and metropolitan Australia.
Curated by Shaohui Kwok and Amelia Saward in 2020, the exhibition a reflection upon a truly unique period in our history. Mass Isolation Australia invites viewers to find lightness and shared humanity in our experiences of isolation.
Alongside this exhibition at the Ballarat Bridge Mall, there’s an exhibition of students’ works from the Mass Isolation Education Program. Created with street photographer Jesse Marlow, this project inspired over 1,400 students from 48 schools through in-classroom and remote online learning to creatively document their own experience of isolation. Exhibiting schools: Carey Baptist Grammar School, Healesville High School, Marist-Sion College, Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Mount Rowan Secondary College, St Monica’s College, and Swinburne Senior Secondary College.
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