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?
It sounds like a cliché, but when I was a teenager my Dad gave me an old Nikkormat and I really never looked back. From that moment photography has been absolutely central to my life. The camera just seemed to naturally become a way of exploring, questioning and attempting to make sense of the world. I grew up in Canberra, which is a planned city, so the organisation and politics of space has always been a particular interest and subject of my work. To me the medium is completely intoxicating and is the means by which I can both satisfy my curiosity about the world, and respond to the conditions I find within it.
What work are you showing in LA?
In LA I’m exhibiting works from Fibro Coast, a project produced in collaboration with my partner Kelly Hussey-Smith. The project takes its name from the humble structures that were built as simple holiday homes up and down the Australian coastline using fibro-cement sheeting. In the era before motels and resorts, fibro holiday homes by the beach were important places of leisure. Their simplicity and informality shaped the way that generations experienced the Australian coastline, but they face an uncertain future as development interests inevitably win out over heritage. Fibro Coast celebrates the uniqueness of these spaces as functional and minimalist forms, while examining the changes taking place in their midst.
What are your plans for 2015?
We are working towards a small publication of Fibro Coast as well as returning to our Central Queensland Project, which is long-term exploration of the impacts of the recent mining boom. We’ve focused on the social, environmental and ideological changes that the boom brought with it, and are now documenting the inevitable ‘bust’ side of the cycle.
For more information about Alan Hill and the LA program, please visit the new QCP International website and Alan Hill’s website.
Banner image: Alan Hill