FIELDS OF GOLD
David LaChapelle was 17 when Andy Warhol hired him as a photographer for a magazine shoot. “Do whatever you want,” Warhol reportedly said, “just make sure everybody looks good.” LaChapelle, whose work is described as surrealist pop kitsch, has never strayed from Warhol’s advice. The American snapper will hold his first solo exhibition in Australia this month as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.
More than 60 of LaChapelle’s works, which offer vibrant critiques of consumerism, will form the centrepiece of the event.
Now in its 12th year, the biennale provides a platform for local and international photographers to display their works at hundreds of exhibitions throughout the Victorian gold rush town.
Curator Jessica Clark’s exhibition Tell features the cutting-edge work of indigenous photographers, with 17 new commissions on show. Fashion photography comes under the microscope in Reverie Revelry, which explores the intersection between glamour and everyday life. Curated by Michelle Mountain, it reflects on prominent Australian fashion photographer Bruno Benini, whose work is featured alongside that of local and international artists.
The biennale runs from August 19 until September 17 in various locations in Ballarat.