Arts Project studio artist Eden Menta has collaborated with Janelle Low for Want to Know You Better as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, showing near the Art Gallery of Ballarat – corner of Field and Camp Streets = from 24 August – 20 October.
Want to Know You Better is the result of the collaborative process between artists Eden Menta and Janelle Low, challenging viewers to develop a deeper connection with the environment and its shared inhabitants. Menta’s work is influenced by her immediate environment. It is instinctive, reactive and subject to fluctuations. Often motivated by the macabre, Menta is driven by the processing of observations of the world around her. Low looks at notions of displacement and difference, exploring how these ideas lead to a questioning of acceptance and a sense of ‘otherness’. The work is driven, either subtly or overtly, by a desire to break down stereotypes, investigating the continuous process of identity formation.
Time spent together walking through the environment surrounding their studios enabled the artists to seek out the smallest of inhabitants – insects – and the spaces they occupy, capturing what is often unseen and exploring the concept of representing the overlooked facets of life. Through this process, Menta and Low discovered layers of overlap in their individual experiences; notions of being different, misunderstood or pre-judged.
The pair will be exhibiting amongst a vast curatorial program, including forays into Bauhaus and excursions to outer space, as well as exhibitions by Eugenia Lim, Fiona Foley and Adi Ness, among many great events and shows.
For over 14 years, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale has enriched the cultural landscape of regional Victoria and become the most significant, prestigious photographic arts festival in Australia. Held every two years we showcase work from domestic and international artists that is new, previously unseen in Australia or contextualised afresh; and in our Open Program we foster the development of new artists. Alongside there are public programs and education programs comprising talks, workshops and prizes which round out a rich and diverse cultural event that attracts more than 26,000 people, delivering significant economic and cultural impact.
The Foto Biennale is guided by the principle that it not only serves the community but also plays a vital role in cultivating it.
Dates: 24 August – 20 October
Venue: Art Gallery of Ballarat
Tickets and program details are available here
Image | Eden Menta, Not titled, 2018, inkjet print.