Photography & place artist talk
Australian photographer Anne Ferran talks about her series 'Lost to worlds'.
Since she came to prominence in the Australian art world in the 1980s, Ferran has explored confronting and controversial topics ranging from the construction of contemporary femininity to the representation of Australia’s colonial past. For her 2008 series Lost to worlds, Ferran photographed the former site of a female convict prison near the village of Ross in central Tasmania. Though few physical traces of the prison survive, Ferran’s photographing of the remaining earthen mounds evokes a sense of loss and reflects the difficulty of reconciling contemporary society with Australia’s colonial past.
Ferran works in a number of mediums including photography, video, textiles and artist books. She is currently senior lecturer in photomedia at the Sydney College of the Arts.
Image: Anne Ferran Ground at Ross 9, from the series Lost to worlds 2001. Purchased with funds provided by John and Kate Armati, Malcolm and Rhonda Rose 2002 © Anne Ferran