Every year Jeff Moorfoot, director of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, travels the world in search of the most exciting photographers he can find. From Korea to Paris and Montreal, he digs up talent with the intention of bringing them to Ballarat.
This year’s event shows works by 21 photographers across eight heritage-listed venues. Moorfoot tells Time Out that a benefit of Ballarat is that once you’re there all the shows are within five minutes' walking distance from one another. “It’s a beautifully compact festival,” he says.
BIFB aims to feature 50 per cent local, and 50 per cent international artists, while covering all genres of photography. Moorfoot says it’s important to include photojournalism, fashion photography, landscape and portraits equally. “We want there to be something for everyone without being homogenous or too family-focused,” he says.
Moorfoot aims to challenge the audience and expose them to innovative works. For example, Sheena Macrae presents her work 'The Projectionist', a collection of blown-up 35 millimetre semi-frames (stills) from classic Hitchcock films The Birds and Rear Window. Moorfoot says while Macrae is a video artist and these are stills from a film, she’s reappropriated them. “I hope people question the medium of photography at exhibitions like Macrae’s.”
IMAGE: 'Two Crows' © Francisco Diaz