CCP/CITY OF YARRA BILLBOARD
Corner of Smith & Otter Streets Collingwood
Centre for Contemporary Photography is pleased to present the work of Warwick Baker on the CCP/City of Yarra Billboard located at the corner of Smith and Otter Streets Collingwood.
Warwick Baker photographs familiar landscapes made unfamiliar and sometimes surreal through natural disasters and manmade interventions. He spends a lot of time on the road locating sites with loaded histories, documenting human interaction and attempting to represent our relationship with the land. His practice focuses on the need to redress past wrongs associated with places with which we are often familiar—histories that are misunderstood, misrepresented or obscured. By working with sites of trauma Baker looks for the traces of these histories on places with a view to representing the cracks and fissures in otherwise pristine landscapes. These works look at discarded sites and natural disasters to reflect the impact that humans have on their environment.
Warwick Baker was born in Canberra in 1983 and now lives and works in Melbourne. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at RMIT in 2007. He has been a finalist in the National Youth Self Portrait Prize (2009); the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2009); and the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize (2011), as well as several other national prizes. In 2012, Baker's photographic series After the flood was published in Hijacked III: Contemporary photography from Australia and the United Kingdom. His forthcoming series Belanglo has been supported by an Arts Victoria artist development grant and Perimeter Editions will publish a monograph on the series in late 2013. Warwick Baker is represented by Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne.
The OUT THERE Billboard Art Program is a Yarra Council initiative in partnership with 7-Eleven.
Image: Warwick Baker Mildura (flood), Vic 2011, courtesy the artist.
Last Updated 20 August 2013