Hear directly from artists Chow and Lin (Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin) discussing their exhibition The Poverty Line, and joined by Bernardo Tobias, the State Manager for Victoria and South Australia at OzHarvest Australia, and Fiona Sweet, Artistic Director Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

The Poverty Line (2010 – 2020) sees artists Chow and Lin (Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin) use the universal lens of food to examine the daily choices faced by those living on the poverty line. Creating a photographic case study of 36 countries and territories spanning six continents, Chow and Lin pose the question: What does poverty mean in different countries?

This online conversation will explore topics of poverty and inequality, social structures, food insecurity and the ongoing growth and divide in our increasingly globalised world.


About Chow and Lin
The crux of Chow and Lin’s practice lies in their methodology of statistical, mathematical and computational techniques to address global issues since 2009. Through a typological, photographic approach, Chow and Lin’s projects are driven by the discursive backgrounds in economics, public policy, media, and these are further augmented by enduring exchanges with specialists from those fields. Their works have been referenced by the World Bank and showcased at the Triennale di Milano; United Nations ESCAP, Bangkok; Lianzhou Foto; Les Nuits Photographiques, Paris; China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum; Getxo Photo; Hermitage Museum, Saint-Petersberg; Myanm/art gallery, Yangon; Museum of Modern Art, Tbilisi and the National University of Singapore Museum. Their works are in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, China Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing, and Thessaloniki Museum of Photography. Chow and Lin (Stefen Chow and Huiyi Lin) are based in Beijing, China.

About Bernardo Tobias
With 16 years of food industry experience across three continents, Bernardo has seen firsthand the food waste generated at almost every stage of the supply chain. When an opportunity arose with leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest, he made the shift to the not-for-profit sector, accepting a role as a food rescue driver in early 2017. Since then, he has quickly taken on increasing levels of responsibility and management in the organisation. This experience has been invaluable to his current role as the Victorian and South Australian State Manager at OzHarvest. Bernardo is passionate about fighting food waste and helping those in need across the country.

About OzHarvest Australia
Founded by Ronni Kahn AO in 2004 after noticing the huge volume of food going to waste, OzHarvest quickly grew to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Food is at the heart of everything we do, feeding those who need it most, creating positive change through education programs and inspiring others to join us to fight food waste.  Our work aligns to five UN Sustainable Development Goals and we’re committed to the national goal of halving food waste by 2030. Working together with a dedicated team of staff, volunteers and partners to ‘Nourishing our Country.’

About Fiona Sweet
A prominent and highly respected Artistic Director, Fiona Sweet is renowned for inspiring and intelligent delivery of uniquely curated festivals and exhibitions. Currently, Fiona is the Artistic Director and CEO of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Australia’s leading contemporary photographic event. The Biennale delivers a dynamic program of two major photographic exhibition streams showcasing acclaimed Australian and international artists, while fostering the development of emerging and regional artists.
Fiona is also the Director of the National Centre For Photography, Australia’s newest and only regional gallery dedicated exclusively to photography. Fiona is an influential and in-demand public speaker, industry judge, photographic portfolio reviewer and assessor in Australia and internationally.

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In Conversation: The Poverty Line
  • In Conversation: Chow and Lin and OzHarvest Australia
    November 10, 2021
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm