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Cosmopolitan. Vibrant. Inspired.
It’s the Pilbara – but not as
you know it – revealed in a
landmark exhibition by FORM.
WORDS Jessica Matthews
he Pilbara is best known for
mining and industry, but West
Australian creative organisation
FORM is giving it a new face – or
rather lots of faces. Pilbara Stories features
portraits of locals by leading international
photographers Annet van der Voort,
Bharat Sikka, Ketaki Sheth and Martin
Parr. Combined with audio recordings
and personal histories, the show aims
to unearth the human story behind this
economically driven region.
“Sikka commonly uses windows
throughout the Pilbara series; their
transparency allows us to see into
a private space, but they also imply
impenetrability. The viewer is forced
to look deeper, to perform the role of a
voyeur looking in... Elegant, beautiful,
surreal, this is a very different way of
imagining the Pilbara.”
FORM curator Sharmila Wood on Indian
photographer Bharat Sikka, whose work has
been published in magazines including Va n i t y
Fair, The New Yorker and Time.
As part of FORM’s ongoing The Pilbara
Project, it follows 2011 exhibition 52 Weeks
On – featuring landscapes by Australian
photographers – and a recent show at Oz
Fest in India, selected for the prestigious
Delhi International Arts Festival. FORM
curator Sharmila Wood says Pilbara Stories
focuses a new lens on the region. “It shows
not only the range of people living there,
but the richness of their experience.”
We take a look at some highlights from
the exhibition ahead of its February launch.
Exhibitions | Pride of the Pilba ra
Pride of the Pilbara
Sianny Piwinski, South Hedland, by Bharat Sikka.
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