Installation by TERROIR

National Portrait Gallery
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Portraits + Architecture
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The National Portrait Gallery exhibition Portraits + Architecture explored the relationship between creative thinking and identity, incorporating new photographic portraits of seven leading Australian architect teams with commissioned photographic portraits by seven Australian photographers. The architect teams are known for their contemporary and highly distinctive work. They have made significant contributions to Australian architecture and design culture. The photographers work across a spectrum of fine art, commercial, and design practice. Each architect team was asked to create an installation that reflected their creative philosophy. TERROIR believe that the practice of architecture is the production of knowledge. The team's architectural projects therefore included the 'discussions, lectures, research, exhibitions and explorations that work through the issues relevant to each project'. TERROIR collaborated with artist John Vella to create a screen-based installation for the exhibition which looped through a range of conversations on architecture and practice thus contributing a major piece of primary source material on their practice. Significance exists in the creation of an original work which illuminated the collaborative practices of TERROIR in both video and photographic form. The potential of collaboration between complementary artistic practices is also evident in the blurred authorship of a work between three architects, a videographer and photographer.
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