Ephemeral Memory

Jeremy Blincoe is a Melbourne based photographer renowned for his powerful representations of youth, the environment and indigenous issues. His latest series, Ephemeral Memory, highlights the struggle of indigenous people to retain their ancient culture and traditions, while forging a new identity in modern day Australia.

Art Exhibition previously on at Colour Factory Gallery in Fitzroy-Collingwood precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 03 February 2012 to Saturday 25 February 2012
Launch Thursday 02 February 2012, 6 – 8pm

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Published by Colour Factory Gallery on Sunday 29 January 2012.
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Using a combination of on-location and studio photography, Blincoe’s striking images establish a dialogue between the subject and natural environment, provoking the viewer to consider their position on indigenous issues. His portrait of Jack Charles for instance, a member of the stolen generation, is rendered in gold as if on the back of a coin, highlighting the compensation process after the Bringing them Home report brought this matter to national prominence. Yet while Blincoe’s images are provocative, there is deliberate ambiguity in his work. Subjects are floating in mid-air or clinging to elements of the landscape, inviting the viewer to question whether they are oppressed or liberated; tethered or unbound. Blincoe was born in New Zealand and came to Melbourne in 2008. His previous exhibitions include Fleeting Embrace (2011) and Wonder and Wander (2010) at Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne where he is represented. He was recently awarded the Uncover 2011 Perth Centre for Photography award for an emerging artist and in 2010 won the Sony Projection Emerging Photographer or the Year Award. In 2011 his work was featured in many publications including Artist Profile magazine, Whoa Magazine and Capture Magazine.