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Digital Journal

Introducing the Ballarat International Foto Biennale Digital Journal. Get to know some of the Biennale’s exhibitions more and hear directly from our artists and curators. The Digital Journal features curatorial essays, artist interviews and letters. Watch this space, the Biennale will publish new pieces on the Digital Journal throughout the course of the festival.

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Aletheia Casey, New South Wales south coast Australia, 2019-2020

Read: Raining Embers Interview Series

Interviewed by exhibition curator Olivia Poloni, this series of interviews sheds light on the artists’ intentions, approaches and reasons behind their images which captured the 2020 Australian bushfires. Featuring Aletheia Casey (AUS), Gideon Mendel (ZAF), Ruth Maddison (AUS) and Rachel Mounsey (AUS), these photographers take us through the devastation and despair of communities that were taken by the wildfires. These fires, coined the Black Summer, devastated vegetation, animal life and communities on the east coast of Australia.



Kengo Kuma & Associates, Water | Glass, Atami, JP, 2002 © Erieta Attali

Read: In Translation Essay by Curator Felicity Martin

Delve into the exhibition In Translation, and discover architecture through the lens with curator Felicity Martin. In Translation features artists Erieta Attali (ISR), Lard Buurman (NLD), Rory Gardiner (AUS) and John Gollings (AUS) whose careers have taken them across borders to some of the most unique public and private spaces where they translate, narrate and showcase the language of architecture and the built environment.



Adrian Whear, Radar, 2020

Read: Mass Isolation Australia 2020

Hear from the curators of the Mass Isolation Australia photobook, Shaohui Kwok and Amelia Saward. Mass Isolation Australia was created in the midst of lockdown in March 2020 to establish a visual record of the pandemic and quickly became a way to see the pandemic unfold through Australian eyes, and a source of connection and community in a time of social distance. Written in 2020, this essay reflects upon a truly unique period in our history.


The Ballarat International Foto Biennale Digital Program is proudly supported by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – An Australian Government initiative.

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is an official event partner of the Digital Innovation Festival and the BIFB Digital Program is sponsored by the Victorian Government as a feature of the Emerging Tech and Digital Inclusion program.