Author(s): Felicity Johnston
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 this year with great success as part of the Perth International Arts Festival and is now set to tour the eastern states, starting with the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. The accompanying publication Anne Ferran: Shadow Land is a comprehensive and lavishly 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 women's 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.