Svetlana Bailey / Fog / April 10 – May 04


I photograph in fog in various unrelated locations. My work uses elements of fog and haze as portals to the transitory quality of one’s surroundings, and examines the insecurity of one’s experience in the landscape. In unclear air, objects lose their finiteness of appearance, and the surroundings occur less permanent or solid. Borders become obscured and the horizon hidden, removing the context within which one normally associates objects, and impelling an experience of boundlessness and uncertain perception. Fog like conditions create separation, and when no longer bound to their surroundings, things appear as they are. But they too can seem less ordinary, isolated within the landscape in which they normally exist.


Svetlana’s work is an investigation of the ambivalence between belonging and being separate. Born in St Petersburg in 1984, Svetlana grew up in Germany, where she began undergraduate studies, later transferring to complete her BFA (Hons) at the College of Fine Art in Sydney. Svetlana has since been working with fog in her investigation, creating a large part of her work in Beijing at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, and in Chongqing, China’s fog capital. Currently a finalist in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award, Svetlana’s work in 2012 was the winner of the CLIP Award from the Perth Centre for Photography, was highly commended in the inaugural Wilson Award, and was awarded an Australia Council Grant, which has facilitated her to commence working with daguerreotypes.

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Press / Media:
Robert Nelson, Horizons Packed With Pure Enigma, The Age, 17 April 2013



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