Surveying the field, Counihan Gallery, 17 July – 16 August 2009.artists: Alison Bennett, Angela Cavalieri, Sam Jinks, Sam Leach, Owen Leong, Wilma Tabacco and Dan Wollmering, curated by Edwina Bartlem.
“Normally, photography also has the stability of a rectangle; but the photographic work of Alison Bennett stitches together many frames, so that you experience a surround-vision of interior space. The sense of the endless indoor panorama needn’t be disorienting, but Bennett’s inside world has no doors and has your head spinning as you look for co-ordinates.
Her images are made in the spookiest Victorian caves. There are signs that these rocky hermitages have been used at some stage for dwelling, perhaps by outcasts or bandits and certainly known by Aboriginal people for millennia. Given these wayward social, architectural and geographic dimensions, the conventional photographic rectangle no longer seems appropriate.”