Ballarat International Foto Biennale

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Ballarat International Foto Biennale
Photograph: David LaChapelle 'Kings Dominion' from the Land Scape series (2013) - detail

A flotilla of exhibitions, talks, workshops and events is taking over Ballarat this spring, headlined by superstar American photographer David LaChapelle

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a whole month of exhibitions, workshops, screenings, portfolio reviews, discussions and social events – in the historic Gold Rush town of Ballarat.

In its 12th year – and its first for artistic director Fiona Sweet – Australia’s largest photography festival takes the theme 'Performance of identity', and will be headlined by American iconoclast David LaChapelle.

Since breaking through with his magazine work in the 1990s, LaChapelle’s performative and highly staged photographs have featured some of the world's biggest superstars, and spoofed some of art history's most iconic works. Sweet describes him as “one of the rare photographers able to transcend the barriers between fine art and commercial photography, often with a profound social message.” This is LaChapelle’s first appearance in Australia.

More than 100 exhibitions feature in the 2017 BIFB program, from major group shows and career surveys to a Fringe Program that showcases emerging artists. Program highlights include TELL, a showcase of 17 contemporary Indigenous photomedia artists (including Bindi Cole Chocka, Brenda L Croft, Destiny Deacon and Ricky Maynard); and Revelry Reverie: Fashion Through Photography, which showcases the work of Australian pioneer Bruno Benini alongside contemporary photographers working with fashion.

For the first time, the Ballarat International Foto Biennale will bring large scale photography to the streets of Ballarat as part of their Public Outdoor Program.

Make sure you purchase tickets to David LaChapelle (closing September 17) taking place at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, in advance ($8-$18) – so you don't miss out.

Check out the full program of exhibitions and events at the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

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