Janina Green spent her formative years in an industrial town in rural Australia. Her introduction to life as a working class, migrant girl led her to dream of escape and a life outside of stifling confines. ‘A Country Practice’ is a photographic meditation on this period.
Bucolic landscapes, intimate portraits, doctored found images, streetscapes and fragments of rural life are punctuated by recurring images of abandoned power stations, smoking chimneys and scarred land cleared for human habitation, farming and industry.
What at first seems like a disparate collection of images, quickly blends into a complex and emotional mosaic of memories. The limited edition book of photographs was designed by Yanni Florence and edited by Helen Frajman of independent Melbourne publisher M.33.
Janina Green is a Melbourne-based artist who has exhibited widely for over 30 years. Her work is held in major public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria, Monash Gallery of Art, Horsham Art Gallery and Gippsland Art Gallery. Green teaches at the Victoria College of the Arts.
‘A Country Practice’ by Janina Green will be launched by Daniel Boetker-Smith, Course Director at Photography Studies College Melbourne, Founder of the Asia-Pacific Photobook Archive, & Managing Editor of Photofile Magazine.
Centre for Contemporary Photography
404 George Street, Fitzroy, 3065
Saturday, March 4, 2017
3 to 4.30 pm
A Country Practice Janina Green
Published by M.33, Melbourne, 2017
Limited Edition: 60
Each copy signed and numbered
130 x 170 mm
Edited by Helen Frajman
Designed by Yanni Florence
Case bound cover with translucent dust jacket