The Power Institute Foundation for Art and Visual Culture

Anne Ferran: Shadow Land


Edited by Felicity Johnston and Anne Ferran Text by Susan Best and Thierry de Duve

With a stellar career spanning over 30 years, Anne Ferran is widely recognised as one of Australia’s most significant photo-media artists. Her survey exhibition ‘Shadow Land’ was staged in 2014 with great success as part of the Perth International Arts Festival before touring the eastern states. The accompanying publication Anne Ferran: Shadow Land is a comprehensive and well illustrated presentation of her photographic, textile, installation, video and text-based practice. With substantial contributions from internationally renowned writer Thierry de Duve and Sydney-based contemporary art expert Susan Best, the writing is just as thoughtful and evocative as the work. From her famous rayograph dress images to sombre landscapes and the haunting histories of institutions such as Old Fremantle Prison and abandoned asylums, Ferran’s body of work delicately traces lost stories that can no longer be told. 

About the Artist

Anne Ferran came to prominence in the 1980s. For the past 30 years, Ferran has been especially drawn to the lives of anonymous women and children, seeking to shed light on their presence, and absence, in museum collections, photographic archives and historic sites. Ferran has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally and is highly regarded as an artist, academic and writer. She has been the recipient of the Higashikawa International Photographer Award (2009) and the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photographic Award (2003). Her work is held in the collections of the International Museum of Photography, New York, NGA, NVM, Monash University, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, AGSA and AGNSW.

About the Contributors

Thierry de Duve is a Belgian professor of modern and contemporary art theory. He actively teaches and publishes books in the field. He has curated the Belgium Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and published eight books in English focusing on Marcel Duchamp and Immanuel Kant as well as Bernd and Hiller Becher, Roni Horn and Clement Greenberg. De Duve is a regular contributor to the American journal ArtForum.

Susan Best is an art historian with expertise in critical theory and modern and contemporary art.. Her areas of research include conceptual art, women's art and Latin American art. Her book Visualising Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde focuses on four women artists of the 1960's and 70s: Eva Hesse, Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Her most recent book is Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contemporary Art Photography (Bloomsbury 2016).

120 pages, paperback, 70 colour images, 21 (h) x 24 (w) cm.

Co-published with the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Perth.

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