Next date: Friday, 01 December 2023 | 05:00 PM
to Friday, 12 January 2024 | 05:00 PM
Wendy Catling, Untitled, 2021, pigment print
Since 2021, Wendy Catling has captured photographs and collected texts that reflect subtle undercurrents of life in Ringwood, her home suburb in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia, through a period when the impact of social, technological and environmental factors continue to challenge the collective psyche.
“The project began with a fascination for disquieting signs of collective anxiety: cryptic street and bumper stickers, persistent electioneering and religious materials in my mailbox, unpredictable neighbourly disputes, a mysteriously placed car tyre, and homes shrouded in protective barriers. I joined social media community groups and discovered poetic and poignant detachment from IRL communion.
Guided by an expanded documentary process of portraying ideas through photographs and collected documents, and a non-linear narrative, Dear Neighbour is a personal search for belonging and community. It’s an exploration of the intricate language of the suburban environment I call home and the strangers who coexist alongside me. A visual and textual search for genuine community. Bringing our tensions and contradictions to the fore, I ask: Who is my neighbour? What does ‘a sense of community’ look like in the twenty-first century?”
Join us to celebrate the combined launch of Dear Neighbour and Drawing with Algorithms.
- Date: Thursday 16 November
- Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
- Venue: Maroondah Federation Estate, 32 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood
Monday, 13 November 2023 | 09:00 AM
- Friday, 12 January 2024 | 05:00 PM
Maroondah Federation Estate Gallery, 32A Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood, 3134, View map