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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. 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, this exhibition reflects upon a truly unique period in our history, inviting viewers to find lightness and shared humanity in our experiences of isolation.

Alongside this exhibition, we have included an indoor 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.

BIFB would like to thank everyone who contributed to the Mass Isolation Australia project. To purchase the Mass Isolation Australia photobook, head to

For the first time, Ballarat International Foto Biennale tickets are available for a single Day Pass or, for the complete experience, purchase a new 3-Day Pass for multiple entries to the Biennale’s core exhibitions in various venues during the festival. All Festival Passes include a single timed visit to the Linda McCartney: Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ballarat.

Festival Passes for the 2021 Ballarat International Foto Biennale are on sale now.

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale~Mass Isolation Australia
  • Mass Isolation Australia
    August 28, 2021 - January 9, 2022
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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