PhotoAccess has reopened for its first in-person exhibition opening post-lockdown. Shadows and Consequences by Vic McEwan is a solo show of still and moving images that invites audiences to reconsider their relationship with the natural environment and its non-human communities. Photographs of species profoundly affected by human transformation of their habitats are projected onto contemporary landscapes, enabling surface textures, air movements and atmospheric conditions to re-animate individual animals and insects as ghostlike presences in locations significant to their lives. As the projections are re-documented to create the final works, they draw our attention to the simultaneous presence and absence of these creatures in their, and our, places. Some works draw on the National Museum of Australia's Australian Institute of Anatomy collection, a large series of anatomical and zoological preparations of native Australian species. Preserved in toxic formaldehyde in glass jars, these animals lack any detailed records of their origins, rendering them eternally dislocated from their own histories, times and landscapes. Small groups of people will be allowed into the gallery at one time to maintain current public health guidelines. The exhibition is on until July 25.
Making spaces open
PhotoAccess's making spaces are also open again to members; for film development, darkroom printing or negative scanning. photoaccess.org.au.
French Film Festival
Following its premature closure due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the Alliance Franaise French Film Festival will be resuming its 31st season starting on Bastille Day (July 14) and running until August 4 at Palace Cinemas and associated venues.There will be 28 features, presented with strict social distancing and hygiene standards. First-night audiences will see La Belle Époque, starring Daniel Auteuil as Victor, a disillusioned man who is given the opportunity to recreate the great love-affair of his youth in the hope that it can restore his future. The closing-night film is The Bare Necessity (Perdrix). Among the other films is My Days of Glory (Mes jours de gloire), about a former child-star given the chance of a lead role in a big-budget biopic who must decide whether it's worth casting aside the comforting familiarity of failure in order to finally stand on his own two feet. affrenchfilmfestival.org.
All events are free and can be accessed via the Canberra Theatre Centre's Facebook page: facebook.com/canberratheatrecentre.
Kids in the House
On Monday June 29, at 4pm, kids' music group and podcasters The Beanies - two of whose members hail from Canberra - will perform.
Also on Monday June 29, at 6.30pm, there will be a reading of Leopoldville, Part II by Jaki McCarrick, directed by Canberra performer and director Jordan Best, about a gang of young Irishmen who rob a pub in a border town. Damaged lives are revealed and friendships profoundly tested as their crime spirals horrifically out of control. The play is based on a true story.
On July 1 at 6pm. Canberra singer-songwriter Evan Buckley (The Burley Griffin) will perform.
Roll for Intelligence
Also on July 1, at 7pm, tune in for Part 3 of this improvised performance based on tabletop RPGs. This week the game is Betrayal.
On July 3 at 6pm, the Canberra musician - whose tracks include Vertigo and Perfectly Imperfect - will perform.
The World from Here
On July 3 at 8pm Canberra musician Chris Endrey hosts this headliner weekly variety show with interviews, music and fun.
New CIMF patron
The Canberra International Music Festival has announced Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley as its new patron. The wife of the Governor-General David Hurley, Mrs Hurley says, "I am delighted to become patron of the Canberra International Music Festival. I look forward to working with all involved to promote, support and enjoy the extravaganza it affords the local community." Linda Hurley had a long career in education before retiring in 2011 and has been an active member of the community as a pastoral carer at Canberra Hospital. Mrs Hurley holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Canberra.