Annette Willis has a solo exhibition in - 'The Print Exposed- Alternative Processes from Albumen to Ziatypes' component of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.
The Biennale runs from 5th September to 4th October 2009 in various locations around historic Trentham in Central Victoria, NW of Melbourne. Further info for interested parties can be found ... here
Reimagined Topographies is a series of silver gelatin photographs created in and around an Australian Maritime Quarantine Station built in the 19th and early 20th Centuries at North Head in Sydney. This government-run facility, which opened in 1828 and closed in 1984, was the first to be established in an Australian port-of-entry to prevent the importation of diseases such as cholera, typhoid fever and smallpox. It was a place of isolation and segregation beyond the fringes of settlement and was also often the first point of contact for the thousands of convicts and immigrants who arrived by sea. The Quarantine Station tells stories that weave through the natural, Indigenous, European and Asian histories of Australia.
Long closed and largely hidden from the public, these buildings are also examples of some of the oldest surviving European structures in Sydney. They are very much part of an Australian Gothic and were built during a time when Australia was imagined as a grotesque place, as the dark subconscious of Britain. The Station illuminates a colonial experience of isolation, entrapment, fear of pursuit, fear of the unknown.
Reimagined Topographies seeks to open up new vistas within the boundaries of the still-quarantined landscape that the Station represents. Willis did not document the buildings in a traditional way but interpreted their perspective within the landscape using only natural and available light. Willis sought to reveal a gothic history of Australia hidden in aspects of the buildings, abandoned artefacts, inscriptions, gravestones and natural land formations.
In 2007 Annette Willis was given unlimited access to the 66 buildings and 2,000 inscriptions that remain on the 33 hectare site. In 2008 the Station re-opened after total refurbishment as a luxury hotel/resort.