Exhibitions with contrast at Fremantle Arts Centre

Quiet Moments curator Susan Hill prepares photographs for the exhibition, now on at Fremantle Arts Centre.
Quiet Moments curator Susan Hill prepares photographs for the exhibition, now on at Fremantle Arts Centre.

THE theme behind two new exhibitions at the Fremantle Arts Centre could not be more different.

Eight local and international photographers, including WA’s Susan Hill, Christophe Canato and Christopher Young, have collaborated for Quiet Moments, a collection of shots showing items and settings from everyday life in unexpected ways.

As curator of the exhibition, Hill said the work was rich in colour, hidden meaning and metaphors and were thought provoking.

“All of the works in this show are deliberately ambiguous,” she said.

“For example, David Bate’s work shows a series of items that have been accidently broken by the artist, then later arranged on his kitchen table and photographed.

“These images offer a space for the viewer to reflect upon the aftermath of an incident that occurred outside of the frame.

“In essence, they are a mystery for the viewer to unravel.”

On the other end of the scale, photographer John Gollings has put together a collection of his work covering the chaos and turmoil caused by Black Saturday in Aftermath.

Best known as an architectural photographer, Gollings’ collection captures from the air the devastation that followed the Victorian bushfires.

Fremantle Arts Centre curator Ric Spencer said it was a rare opportunity to see a unique perspective of the Australian landscape following such a catastrophic event.

Quiet Moments and Aftermath are at the Fremantle Arts Centre until July 26.