11th February 2017 – 16th April 2017
The Melbourne based photographer Jane Brown has travelled to Japan and returned with the exhibition Black Ships. Through these images Brown dramatises aspects of the physical environment as symbolic gesture – pathways, bridges, walls, wrapping, fences, nature and decay. It references the work of photographers who travelled there in the mid 19th Century and Japan’s 20th Century experience of militarism.
Presented as a travelogue that interrogates the machinations of history, Black Ships also aims to embody surreal aspects of the culture and landscape. More broadly it is an articulation of the curiosity of the traveller, seeking out points of difference from home – the peculiar, the beautiful and the unfamiliar.
Carefully hand-printed in the darkroom the prints are on fibre-based paper and selenium toned. Hand-printing is important to Brown’s practice as she seeks to perpetuate darkroom processes. The materiality and physicality of analogue practice gives the work meaning, placing them in a liminal realm between being images and objects.
A CCP Touring Exhibiton.