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LA FOCUS // LYNETTE LETIC

 
Lynette Letic
 
 

QCP is taking the works of twelve Australian photo-media artists to Photo LA (15 – 18 January 2015) and Photo Contemporary (1 – 3 May 2015). This series of focus interviews gives an insight into the selected artists.

How did you first become interested in art and photography?
I think the interest stemmed from my upbringing. My mother was always a keen photographer, and took my family to many art exhibitions from a young age. My grandfather was also a photographer himself, so it’s inadvertently been passed down from one generation to the next. We’ve always been a bit of a creative family.

The motivation to pursue photography however arose at the beginning of my degree in 2012, when I started to really learn about the medium and think about it seriously. Overtime, I’ve developed a keen interest in photobooks and I hope to one day resolve some projects as books and even work alongside others to do so, too.

What work are you showing in LA?
The work I am showing at Photo LA was made in Warsaw during a five week trip across a number of countries in Europe at the end of 2013. Within an hour of walking around the Stare Praga district of Warsaw on my last day there, I began to spot the numerous shrines that stood, highly decorated but weathered with time, in courtyards of apartment buildings and street corners. These beautiful shrines hold incredible historical significance – erected during the war as a place outside the church where residents would go to pray for their safety, or as a monument of respect and recognition. I became fascinated by how unique each shrine was – some existing in the form of a picture on the wall, others more elaborate, adorned with faux flowers, prayer cards, trinkets and other personal memorabilia. These shrines stand as monuments to a tumultuous time in Polish history, and it was the beauty and the significance of these shrines that drew me to photograph them.

I will also have a catalogue of the whole Shrines series at the QCP booth, which will be available for purchase.

At Photo Contemporary, I will be presenting a selection of images from Between the Two, a body of work that shares a spectrum of responses to the dualism of Serbian-Australian culture, through the eyes of ten Serbian migrants. The series culminated in a book, which will also be shown alongside the photographs.

What are your plans for 2015?
I am strongly considering pursuing further studies in photography next year, with the plans to attend Photo Contemporary in May. Mid 2015, I will be exhibiting alongside Renata Buziak at Pine Rivers Art Gallery in Strathpine. We are presenting a project we have been working on over the year which involved collecting visual and verbal stories of Moreton Bay residential garden owners. I’d also like to do a second, larger run of a book that I recently produced, encompassing a body of work titled Between the Two – a personal project I worked on over the course of this year. I’ve only been thinking about the second run at the moment, but I hope to sit down and begin some research and planning over the break.

For more information about Lynette Letic and the LA program, please visit the new QCP International website and Lynette Letic’s website.

Banner image: Lynette Letic, photo by Christine McFetridge.

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