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In the last two days in Sydney, I went to the Australian Centre for Photography(ACP).
I was so excited about this!!
I felt anxious when I boarded on the bus because few people come here and it seemed like no one knew where it is XD
I’ve asked a passenger sitting next to me about this building but she got no ideas, I tapped off from the bus based on the ETA time google map gave me. But I made it! I was there for ACP! Yay!
I took a look at three different exhibitions. The first one is about the umbrella movement in Hong Kong. Another one is a group exhibition of Eastern Europe photographers, featureing the communist and capitalist societies. And yet there are two more solo exhibitions for two individual artists.
《Ex & Post – Eastern Europe Under the Lens》（暫譯：《鏡頭下的東歐：之前與之後》）
Now I’ll focus on the group exhibition of the Eastern Europe artists–
“Ex & Post – Eastern Europe Under the Lens”
14 artists from Hungary, Latvia, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine, and so on, participated in this collaborative exhibition curated by Sari Stenczer.
“Ex & Post – Eastern Europe Under the Lens takes focus on artistic and photographic practices in the former Communist bloc, surveying the current conditions and recent histories of conflict and socialism through to the transition into capitalist market-driven economies.”
Sasa Tkacenko《Perfect Ride》（暫譯：完美駕馭）
作品名稱是《Perfect Ride》（暫譯：完美駕馭）（2012，5:04 min）
場景是在一個廢棄的當代美術館，Contemporary Art Museum of Belgrade，
The first art work I saw after getting in is made by a Serbian artist named Sasa Tkacenko, a 5-min video called “Perfect Ride” (2012, 5:04 min)
The scene is at an abandoned art museum, Contemporary Art Museum of Belgrade.
The lens follows an excellent skater and moves as the third perspective, bringing out the different field of the art museum. We see a great white wall, a huge ceiling window, but not any art pieces inside. Following the skater, we have views on different galleries inside the museum. He goes up and down the stairs with brilliant skills, jumping over the long bench commonly seen in art museum while his skateboard runs thru the bench beneath him, and takes us to travel around the museum.
So now the word “Perfect” was mentioned as a title of this art work. If we compare this to the emptiness in the art museum now, compare to a place which is supposed to have lots of gorgeous art pieces in it, isn’t it sarcastic?
The next piece is my favorite one. Andrej Balco from Slovakia, “Suburbs” (2005-2006)
He takes snapshots in the crowded blocks of flats. In this shared space, people try hard to personalize their private rooms and make them as unique as possible.These flats were constructed in the 1970s. Though “today they lack retail and employment opportunities,” they still live in these tiny houses.According to the curator, “Balco’s series, constituted of funny but also sharp snapshots from these shared and private spaces, gives an insight into the varied possibilities for the personalisation of ‘cubes’.”
I like the visual language he uses and the layout of his works. He doesn’t do anything special for the arrangement, but the way he arranges his photos is pretty narrative. And the vivid colours jump from warm colours to cold tones, from indoor to outdoor, they are so interesting as well. It seems like he wants to convey a serious issue but he in the meantime gives us the sense of ease and delight.
▲ Andrej Balco 《Suburbs》（暫譯：城郊）
Tehnica Schweiz《Garage Project》（暫譯：車庫計畫）
匈牙利的攝影家Tehnica Schweiz使用了幻燈機，循環播放80張攝於車庫的作品，《Garage Project》（暫譯：車庫計畫）（2007-2009）
「2007年，雙人攝影搭檔Gergely Laszlo和Tehnica Schweiz開始記錄這些車庫的內部裝潢，並且把這些深鎖於車庫大門之後、充滿想像力的場景呈現在大家面前。」策展人如此敘述著。
Hungarian photographer Tehnica Schweiz chose a slide projector to present his works. There are 80 slides playing in loop, which he took in the garages. “Garage Project” (2007-2009) is its name.
“These garages built by and for the workers of the Duna Iron Works Factory in the late 1960s and 1970s. When the factory was privatised and the unemployment rate increased, these communal constructions lost their primary purpose.” However, they got new meaning these days. Men who escaped from family life gather here, and it’s also “a scene for alternative youth culture.”
As the curator said, “In 2007, the collaborative artistic duo Gergely Laszlo and Tehnica Schweiz started to document the garage interiors and to stage imaginary scenes of what could be found behind the locked doors.”
▲ Tehnica Schweiz 《Garage Project》（暫譯：車庫計畫）
Tamas Dezso《Notes for an Epilogue》（暫譯：終場記敘）
Artist of “Notes for an Epilogue,” Tamas Dezso, comes from Hungary as well, and he documents the economic disparity and cruelest dictatorships of Romania. Through the landscapes and humanistic scenes, he records the psychological and physical struggles in the mind of the local resident.
I super like the tone in the photos. With a sorrowful brown and grey tone, they give me a sense of depressed; nevertheless, the magnificent scenes are so similar to the fairy tales and covered by a mysterious layer.
▲ Tamas Dezso 《Notes for an Epilogue》（暫譯：《終場記敘》）
Kirill Golovchenko 《Muscle Beach》（暫譯：肌肉海灘）
Kirill Golovchenko 來自烏克蘭，他拍攝了位於基輔的運動公園，在公園裡可以看到不同階級的族群，聚集在這邊健身，因為公園是免費的開放場域。「在過去的蘇聯時代，你總是可以看到大量的運動員照片，或是健美身形的形象海報……」位於基輔的市民運動公園是個很特別的地方，這個公園建於1970年代，目的是要創造一個共同的運動空間，而這個空間有著一萬平方公尺的面積，然而現在大部分的運動器材卻都是生鏽的了。
我沒有拍到這件作品，但不要搜尋它，如果你google的話你只會看到一個加州的海灘，好像真的叫做Muscle Beach XD。（好可愛啊，好像卡通Regular Show裡面會出現的名字XD）
Kirill Golovchenko, from Ukraine, he shoots the sports park in Kiev. People from different social statuses come to the park, cuz it’s free to enter.
“and their portraits align the joy and pain of bodybuilding to the joy and pain of Ukrainian situation.”
I took no photos for this art piece but please don’t google it. You will not gt anything except for real muscle man walked around the beach, so weird~~~ha
A Slovakian artist Lucia Nimcova shoots a short film called “Exercise.” （2007，5:53min）She got the elders from her country and made them recall the exercise they learned while young. She then documented their movements. These old grannies were so lovely that they did the exercise and some of them peeped on others to check whether their own movements were right or wrong. She got another scene in the hotel, making the suit-up managers do the same thing in their own reigns.
These mechanical moves were part of the confined and suppressed memory for the specific generation. Through this rather interesting way, the government control their thoughts and lifestyles.
▲ Lucia Nimcova《Exercise》（暫譯：體操）（2007，5:53min）
Iveta Vaivode《Somewhere on a disappearing path》（暫譯：在將逝之途的某處）
Iveta Vaivode《Somewhere on a disappearing path》（2014），這件作品是一本手工攝影集，精美的裝訂和漂亮的封面讓人印象深刻。藝術家回到她母親和祖母生長的小鎮，試圖尋找過去的記憶，也拜訪了許久未見的遠親。透過這個偽造的記憶相冊，她讓我們看見一個童話般的故事場景，這些場景連結到非常完美的童年回憶（即便不一定是真實的，即便現實生活中不一定會存在／發生）。
A wonderful handmade photo collection made by Iveta Vaivode, “Somewhere on a disappearing path.” I was impressed by the beautiful cover and exquisite binding. The artist went back to the city her mom and grandma grew up, managing to find out the past memories, and by the way she visited many relatives which were not so close to her before. The beautiful children-book-like scenes in this fake photo album make the childhood memory clear to us — even it is not necessary to be true.
This piece remind me of an exhibition in Taiwan, which was made by Wen-Chi CHEN, called “Fake Diary.” He brought those wonderful little things together, even it’s surreal, it is still so wonderful.
▲ Iveta Vaivode《Somewhere on a disappearing path》（2014），相冊封面
▲ Iveta Vaivode《Somewhere on a disappearing path》（2014），相冊內頁
Ivars Graclejs《My Potograps》（暫譯：我的影像）
Ivars Graclejs，拉脫維亞的藝術家，他使用了明信片的方式來呈現作品，這些明信片都是你可以直接拿走的唷，我想這樣是一個很好的收藏方式，讓每個人都可以輕易地擁有一件藝術品。《My Potograps》（2005）
Based in Latvia, Ivars Graclejs present his works on postcards. And the point is, you can take them away! which I reckon is a good way to OWN an art piece. Everyone got access to own an art work easily.
He tries to demonstrate the chaos in the Eastern Europe nowadays. In political stage or in the society, weird behaviors are everywhere. But event though life are imperfect, they got their senses of humor to look on the bright side for life.
▲ Ivars Graclejs《My Potograps》（2005）
So that’s all about this exhibition. In general I like this show so much, and the thing he tries to convey was the multiple social issues in Eastern Europe, and they are all diverse. The problems happening in Eastern European are in fact the common issues happening in some other where in the world. The thing is, how do a photographer document this phenomena precisely in their own way.For I myself, I wish I could document the humanistic scenes in the society, no matter cities in Taiwan, or my current city Canberra. But I haven’t find out my own answer to this question. However, I will keep on shooting as the old cliches goes. 🙂