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Ballarat Foto Biennale opens

The month-long Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2013 (BIFB’13) starts this Saturday, August 17 and runs until September 15.

The Ballarat Mining Exchange - venue for the BIFB'13 official opening.
The Ballarat Mining Exchange – venue for the BIFB’13 official opening.

The official opening is on Saturday evening at the historic Mining Exchange building in central Ballarat. Entry to the event is free, but a booking is required. Click here for details.

The world-class event – one of a small handful of such festivals around the world – comprises two major exhibition programs: the curated Biennale exhibition’s Core Program, and the open entry Fringe Program, a city-wide presentation of more than 80 shows, staged within galleries, project spaces, commercial businesses and public sites.

Former prime minister and avid photographer Malcolm Fraser is the patron of BIFB’13.

This year’s Core Program will bring an eclectic mix of photography from all over the world and include exhibitions of works by Young Ho Kang, South Korea’s best-known fashion photographer; Francisco Diaz from the USA; portraits of Christchurch artists affected by the February 22, 2011 earthquake by Doc Ross of New Zealand; a tribute exhibition of works by artist, John Cato (1926 – 2011) and works made with archaic processes by immigrant photographer, Sonia Macak. All Core Program exhibitions are free to attend and open seven days a week for the Biennale’s month-long duration.

The BIFB Fringe Program provides a stage for photographers of all levels to present their talents to the broadest possible audience, and to show along side of, and to learn from, and to be inspired by, some of the best photographic talent from around the world.

In a broader context, BIFB’13 presents a smorgasbord of support events promoting photography: a Projections program, a public art program, workshops, seminars and master-classes, artist floor-talks, portfolio reviews, a schools program and a photographic book prize.

Enthusiast magazine Photo Review Australia is media partner for BIFB’13. Other photo industry supporting partners include: CPL, Atkins Technicolour, The Edge and Kodak. While these businesses have been generous with mainly in-kind support, no photo industry companies are numbered among the major partners.

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