Janina Green / Ikea / November 28 – December 15 2012


My photographs are always about the past.

The Barthesian slogan, “this has been”, is for me, “I was there”. This series of images of a vase from Ikea consists of silver gelatin prints tinted in different coloured photographic dyes; photographs of a simple mass produced vase – its form the familiar vessel which so dominates Art History.

“Ikea” for me is symbolic of the useful homely object and of the ideal home. The vase from Ikea no longer exists. The picture of that vase stands in for the vase that once existed. The photograph can be seen now – at this moment. It will continue to exist in the future. Its representation crosses time barriers.

My photographs are always documentations of a private performance.

Every photograph records what is in front of the camera, but my interest is in the occasion and the complex conditions of the making of the photograph – first the negative then the print. Each photograph ends up being a documentation of my state of mind during this intensely private moment as well as something for other people to look at.

Because of changing conditions, every one of these prints from that same negative is different. For me each analogue print is an unsteady thing. They are now relics from another era, as is the vase.

As a counterpoint to the repetition of the vase prints, I have selected four vintage works from my archive.


Janina currently lectures photography at the Victorian College of the Arts. Studied Fine Arts at Melbourne University and at Victoria College, Prahran. Completed a Diploma of Art, majoring in Printmaking at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Melbourne. In the 1980’s she was an Art reviewer for The Melbourne Times.

Janina is represented in the collections of the Australian National Gallery, Canberra National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of South Australia, State Library of Victoria, City of Waverley Gallery, City of Sunshine, Griffiths University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Albury Regional Gallery, Horsham Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery, The Pat Corrigan Collection, Austin and Repatriation Hospital, Melbourne. Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Prahran Library Archives, Rotterdam Art Foundation, Netherlands.

Janina is represented by M.33

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