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24 August - 20 October, 2019
National Centre For Photography
4 Lydiard Street South
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Robbie Rowlands works on the cusp of destabilisation, at once unsettling audiences by challenging their perceived relationship with their surroundings, while inciting their continued exploration. Commissioned by the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Rowlands undertook a three-month residency from January to March 2019 in the Former Union Bank, which now stands proudly as the National Centre For Photography.
Incremental Loss was the centre’s inaugural exhibition and the artist’s largest to date. The artist’s sculptural interventions into walls, ceiling, furniture and carpet enter the space with elegance and poise, indicating a moment of transition. Increment by increment the former Union Bank and its original purpose were lost to time but, for a moment, we were given an extraordinary insight into the past as we moved through the present and prepared for the future. For BIFB 2019, Rowlands will present a selection of photographic works developed through the residency, furthering photography’s relationship with sculpture.