Kristian Häggblom / Viewing Platforms / November 28 – December 15 2012

Artist in conversation with Louis Porter  – December 01 / 2 PM

Viewing Platforms by Kristian Häggblom is a photographic investigation of the relationships that are played out in the Australian landscape between people, places and the environment. Specifically, it investigates the staging of natural landscapes as ‘tourist sites’. In Australia the idea of rugged, pristine nature untrammelled by civilisation is intensified by the remoteness of the sites and the often very long journeys involved in reaching them. The project honours both the landscape and the tourist impulse to experience these remote places for themselves.

“(Häggblom’s) work focuses on our changing psychological, cultural and physical investments in space
and the natural environment.”
Dr Anne Marsh, Professor of Art Theory, Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture Monash University.

After graduating from RMIT in 1997, Kristian won the CCP/Leica Documentary Award at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and had his first solo exhibition in 1998. Following this he moved to Japan where he lived on-and-off for seven years producing several bodies of work and establishing a gallery. He has exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally in Japan, America, France and Switzerland.  He is presently a PhD candidate through Monash University and based in Mildura, where he lectures at La Trobe University and is curator of the recently established Wallflower Photomedia Gallery. Haggblom has been the recipient of several grants and in 2010 was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Australia Council for the Arts Finland Studio.

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