Anne Ferran: Shadow Land
Edited by Felicity Johnston and Anne Ferran. Text by Susan Best and Thierry de Duve
With a stellar career spanning over 30 years, Anne Ferran is widely recognised as one of Australia's most significant photo-media artists. Her survey exhibition 'Shadow Land' was staged this year with great success as part of the Perth International Arts Festival and is now set to tour the eastern states, starting with the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney.
The accompanying publication Anne Ferran: Shadow Land is a comprehensive and lavishly illustrated presentation of her photographic, textile, installation, video and text-based practice. With substantial contributions from internationally renowned writer Thierry de Duve and Sydney-based women'?s art expert Susan Best, the writing is just as thoughtful and evocative as the work.
About the ArtistAnne Ferran came to prominence in the 1980s. For the past 30 years, Ferran has been especially drawn to the lives of anonymous women and children, seeking to shed light on their presence, and absence, in museum collections, photographic archives and historic sites.
Ferran has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is highly regarded as an artist, academic and writer. She has been the recipient of the Higashikawa International Photographer Award (2009) and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photographic Award (2003). Her work is held in the collections of the International Museum of Photography, New York, NGA, NVM, Monash University, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, AGSA and AGNSW.
About the Contributors
Thierry de Duve is a Belgian professor of modern and contemporary art theory. He actively teaches and publishes books in the field. He has curated the Belgium Pavillion at the Venice Biennale and published eight books in English focusing on Marcel Duchamp and Immanuel Kant as well as Bernd and Hiller Becher, Roni Horn and Clement Greenberg. De Duve is a regular contributor to the American journal ArtForum.
Susan Best is an Associate Professor at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. Her areas of expertise include conceptual art, women's art and Latin American art. Her recent title Visualising Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde focuses on four women artists of the 1960's and 70s: Eva Hesse, Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. She is currently working on a book titled Reparative Aesthetics for Bloomsbury.