This new photographic work, created this year as part of my MFA research, was selected as the winner of the 2016 Linden Postcard Show. Thank you to Linden New Art for their support of the arts. Thank you to the anonymous donor who generously funds the first prize and to this year's judges Michael Brennan (LUMA), Emma Buskowsky Cox (Castlemaine Art Museum), Adam Harding (Horsham Regional Art Gallery) and Pat Mackle (Avant Card). Congratulations to all the other winners and to all the exhibiting artists. The exhibition is open until 29 January 2017 at Linden New Art.
This year and next I am undertaking a research degree at the Victorian College of the Arts, a faculty of the University of Melbourne. I was recently successful in completing a progress review of my research which means that my candidature is now confirmed and I can continue making art and conducting self-directed research with the University's support. My supervisor throughout the Master of Fine Arts degree is artist, Mark Shorter.
The research project I proposed for my MFA forms part of the my ongoing critique of Captain Cook and his three Pacific voyages, a project I began in Hawai‘i in 2012. The practice-led research conducted during the Masters programme will explore the application of decolonising methodologies to artistic practice and the possibilities that emerge as a result. It is my hope that this conceptual framework will provide a means to reinterpret historical events and signifiers of colonisation. The theoretical and practice-led research will result in a photographic outcome and written thesis with major concerns of the project being First Nation sovereignty, colonisation, decolonisation, whiteness and the myth of Terra Nullius.
I am pleased to be included among the finalists of the Maggie Diaz Photography Prize for Women with a portrait I made of my partner, Rhenny. The portrait will be on display this month as part of the Maggie Diaz Projects at Brightspace in St. Kilda.
Maggie Diaz Projects (Exhibition - Prize - Installation)
3 - 19 September 2015
Opening Thursday 3 September 6-9pm
8 Martin St
"Maggie Diaz Projects features an exhibition of photographs taken in the City of Port Phillip area from the 1960s to the 1980s, along with an installation of photographs that capture the essence of the Diaz Collection, which date back to Chicago in the 1950s. 90 year old Diaz remains a St. Kilda resident and Brightspace is proud to have initiated this project, which celebrates her as a true artist and trailblazer for Australian women photographers.
The MDPPfW has attracted an overwhelming response! Finalists will be exhibited as part of Maggie Diaz Projects."
Within You Without You was selected as a finalist in the Book category of this year's Mohawk Show. The Mohawk Show is presented in Melbourne and Sydney by BJ Ball Papers. I went along to the Melbourne show last night and was so pleased to see my self-published photobook alongside some great design work. I was presented with a Finalist certificate by Mohawk Paper's Joe O'Connor, who had travelled all the way out from the United States for the event.
For those who might not know, Mohawk is a paper company based in upstate New York. The cover of Within You Without You was printed on Mohawk's Loop Digital Antique Vellum and for the internal pages we used Mohawk's Superfine Eggshell White.
Bloom Publishing, Hillvale and Home-Work Studio have joined forces to bring us the second annual FOCUS: CameraSwap Meet & Zine Fair.
There will be loads of camera gear and printed matter from Analog Cameras, Diane Inc., Film Never Die, Heavytime Books, Knowledge Editions, No Good, Particle Books, Perimeter Books and Vintech.
A small number of copies of Within You Without You will be available for purchase from the lovely Bloom Publishing.
Sunday August 9
10am - 4pm
7-11 Dawson St
Brunswick Vic 3056
Lloyd and Brad of Bloom Publishing had a stand at the National Gallery of Victoria's Melbourne Art Book Fair back in May. They were selling their wares and also had some space for publications by "Friends of Bloom". I was so excited by Lloyd's generous offer to include Within You Without You in the curated selection displayed on the cardboard shelving of their stand.
It was a great weekend of books and talks and demonstrations. I bought a Bloom Publishing 'Ctrl + P' short sleeved t-shirt (c'mon summer!) and I also sold some copies of my book. Bonus! Everyone was happy.
The Indie Photobook Library took their copy of Within You Without You to the West Elm Reading Room at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair in 2015.
"For the fifth year in a row, the Indie Photobook Library will be at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Book Fair presenting a selection of new photobooks to the archive with a nod to photobook makers in the Asia-Pacific and Mexico!"
The following books from the Asia-Pacific region were featured:
Salt by Emma Phillips
Dominion by Wawi Navarozza, published by STEPHANIAN x Studio Wawi Navarroza
Incipient Strangers by Yoshikatsu Fujii
Within You Without You by Kate Golding
Nebulous by Taku Onoda
Gold Coast by Ying Ang
Lit by Ana Kras & Marija Strajnic, published by Bloom Publishing
JAPAN-GO-ROUND by Maki Hayashida
Alone Together by Mi-Yeon, published by Kaya Books
Thank you to iPL's Larissa Leclair.
Within You Without You is in the Melbourne-based Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive. APPA was founded by Daniel Boetker-Smith and is a not-for-profit, open-access physical archive of self-published and independent photobooks from the Asia-Pacific region.
The twenty photographs in my self-published photobook Within You Without You were created in 2013 while I was travelling around India with my partner, Rhenny. We had each booked a one-way ticket to India after knowing each other for only 8 months, and spent 2 and a half months together moving through different geographic, mental and physical states.
We began our travels in Rajasthan, then headed north to an ashram outside of Haridwar. There we chanted, meditated, practised asanas and karma yoga, bathing in the Ganges most days. After leaving the ashram we spent time practising yoga in Rishikesh (and exploring the abandoned ashram of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - made famous by The Beatles in the late 1960s) before travelling to Delhi for me to attend a Magnum Photos workshop with Raghu Rai. Then we continued the journey south, stopping at a beach in Goa. We were intending to go on to Kerala, to visit Amma and a Sivananda ashram, when we received a call from home informing us that my 99 year old paternal grandmother had passed away. We chose to book a flight home almost immediately.
India was a place I had been trying to reach for over a decade, a desire ignited by my love of The Beatles and then fuelled by the weeks I spent at a Sivananda retreat in Austria in 2006 and again in 2011. Like many others before me, I had gone to India seeking meaning, and to deepen my practice of yoga and meditation. Once there this search felt virtually impossible, I was overwhelmed by the frenetic energy of the place and the inevitable negotiations that occur in a new relationship. In the ashram on the bank of the Ganges, we were taught that the outer world reflects the inner world and that the practice of yoga never ceases.
When I returned home and developed my rolls of film, I discovered images of calm, solitude, destruction and beauty. In creating this series and book I envisaged a meditation, a journey. Each image subtly linking to the next, speaking to each other in the way I experience thoughts and sensations emerging during my daily meditation practice.
Once I had the physical books in my hands I was left with the question - how do I launch a book like this? With a boozy party? No, that just didn't feel right. I chose to host the launch event at the beautiful Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne and invited my dear friend, Rebecca Knaggs to lead a guided meditation. Afterwards we enjoyed cups of sweet chai and sweltered in the Melbourne heat. It was perfectly imperfect.
Thank you to all who came along to the launch in February, to Photobook Melbourne for allowing the event to be part of their program and to all those who have purchased a copy of the book. I am so grateful for your support in whatever form it may take.
I'm really looking forward to the Photobook Melbourne Fair this weekend! The event will take place on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th February from 11am to 5pm at the Centre for Contemporary Photography.
I will be there on both days with numbered, signed copies of my brand new photobook, Within You Without You available for sale. Come along and have a chat with a multitude of artists, publishers and book sellers who are passionate about photobooks. There will be so many books to pore over, plus doughnuts and coffee available! I imagine most stalls will be cash-only so if you're looking to buy things bring your real cash money.
For the next seven days I'll be posting for PhotoBook Melbourne on Instagram. If you're an Instagram user come follow along @photobookmelbourne.
PhotoBook Melbourne is "the festival for artists, book lovers, publishers, experts, collectors and sellers of photo books". The festival will take place between 12 & 22 February 2015. For all the latest information visit the festival website:
The CCP Salon opened last night in Fitzroy, Melbourne. This year, the Salon features 590 works - both photographic stills and video. The team at CCP did a wonderful job installing all the works. I entered two photographs in the 2014 Salon. The images I chose to enter were my shortlisted works from the Perth Centre for Photography CLIP & IRIS Awards for 2014. I'm also quite honoured that the CCP has chosen to display one of these photographs on their website.
The Salon exhibition is on from November 14th - December 13th, with the gallery open weekly from Wednesday until Sunday. For more details:
Today, I was excited to discover that I have two prints in the IPF Photo Prize for 2014. The images selected are from my upcoming photobook (details of that to follow shortly). The Independent Photography Festival will start with the Photo Prize Opening and Festival Launch on Saturday 8th November from 6-9pm at Strange Neighbour, corner of Gore and Kerr Streets in Fitzroy, Melbourne. The festival runs until Sunday 16th November 2014.
For more details and the full festival program visit: www.independentphotographyfestival.com
I am currently undertaking an internship in the programming team at Footscray Community Arts Centre in Melbourne's West. This internship forms part of my ArtStart grant activities. The main project I have been working on since late 2011 is the centre's upcoming exhibition, Apple from the Tree. I'm pleased to have the opportunity to work with Michael Brennan, FCAC's Programming Manager in the curation of this exhibition. We've invited locally engaged artists to create artworks with and alongside their kids to explore the idea of 'nature versus nurture' in the realm of creativity. The artists took up the challenge with great enthusiasm and we've received works spanning a variety of different artforms.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 2nd February at 6pm and will run until Sunday 18th of March.
If you haven't visited FCAC yet perhaps now is a good time to start!