21 July – 2 September 2012
In The Riverina Series Ian Hill explores the relationship between functional industrial design and modernist architecture in the landscapes of the southern Riverina in New South Wales. These large scale black and white photographs have a still, silent quality with no visible human presence. Yet the buildings and landscapes speak strongly of human activity, of community aspirations, of industry and of social change.
Grain silos dominate the Riverina landscape like cathedrals in a medieval town, whilst small public buildings and churches declare the optimism of a community with their bold modernist designs. Even where no structures exist, the residue of human activity is seen in the smoke-filled sky above a burning wheat field or in the scarred landscape of an abandoned kaolin mine.
Based in central Victoria since 2004, Ian Hill studied photography at Prahran College from 1986-88. He worked on several long-term projects documenting urban redevelopments in Melbourne from 1992-2003. Two series of landscape photographs from the Flinders Ranges were exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography in 1996 and Horsham Regional Gallery in 1998. “Grain silos of the Wimmera and Mallee” was shown at SPAN Gallery in 2005 and Horsham Regional Gallery in 2007. More information is available on Ian Hill's website: http://www.ianhill.net.au/.