Fieldnotes from Batmania is a project in development that sequences 4x5 large format colour film photographs taken at all the parks, streets and monuments named after colonist John Batman. The work forms a portrait of contemporary settler society (i.e. Batmania) and is an invitation to re-examine official remembrance of the past.


I’m working in formal consultation with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Corporation and the project has grown from my MFA at RMIT University exploring Australian identity and frontier history.


As the work progresses a banal and figurative visual lexicon is emerging via formal compositions that propose a paradox between the grandiosity of empire and the languorousness of the burbs.


Opposite is a sneak peek of some unprocessed sheets of colour negative film from the project.


In 2020 the development of Fieldnotes from Batmania was supported by a City of Melbourne Quick Release grant.

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