Anne Ferran’s photographic work ‘Scenes on the Death of Nature III’ is included in the group exhibition ‘Photography: Real and Imagined’ at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia. Showcasing more than 200 works sourced from the NGV’s extensive photography collection, the exhibition interrogates the proposition that photographs are either grounded in reality – a record, a document, a reflection of the world – or the product of imagination, storytelling and illusion.
Remarking on the acclaimed series ‘Scenes on the Death of Nature’ in 1987, Anne Ferran has said, “In their size and scale, their period connotations, their employment of classical conventions, the photographs are reminiscent of monumental sculpture which is, out of all art forms, the most public. It could be said of these photographs that the language they “speak” is so much a part of our culture that the audience already knows how to interpret them, even if it doesn’t “know” that it knows.”
Photography: Real and Imagined
The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
13 October 2023 – 28 January 2024