Mass Isolation Australia Photobook

20cm x 27cm, 208 pages


Mass Isolation Australia is a curated archive of our #MassIsolationAus online project. Created in the midst of lockdown in March 2020, the #MassIsolationAus project became a way to see the pandemic unfold through Australian eyes, becoming a source of connection and community in a time of social distance. Curators Shaohui Kwok and Amelia Saward have curated a selection of photographs from the expansive project of more than 12,000 images to bring this book to life. This 200+ page visual archive is the perfect way to reflect upon a truly unique period in our history, and find lightness and shared humanity in our experiences of isolation. We’d like to thank all of the artists featured within the book and everyone who contributed to our Mass Isolation Australia project throughout 2020.

20cm x 27cm, 208 pages, paperback

Amelia Saward is a curator, writer and artist based in Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Art History and is studying a Master of Art Curatorship at the University of Melbourne. She has a particular interest in the relationship between art and social change, feminist art practices and photography that explores socio-political themes. She was a featured illustrator in Drawn Volume.3 (Capsules Books) and is a former recipient of the Miegunyah Project Award from the Ian Potter Museum of Art. Amelia has co-curated and exhibited in exhibitions across Melbourne, including with the Melbourne Fringe Festival, Noir Darkroom, George Paton Gallery and Brunswick Street Gallery.

Shaohui Kwok is a cultural producer with an interest in the structures of exhibition-making. She has worked in various artistic and creative environments presenting projects across Asia-Pacific. She completed a Master of Art Curatorship this year at the University of Melbourne. Most recently, she has been co-curating Mass Isolation Australia (2020-), an initiative under the Ballarat International Foto Biennale, creating an on-going visual archive of mass isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. She is currently a research associate at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design, Media investigating on systems of archiving exhibitions, and was selected to participate in the inaugural Curatorial (Case) Studies programme presented by Objectifs – Centre for Photography & Film.

Cover Image: Adrian Whear, Radar, 2020

Page Preview: Anita Fitzgerald & Fiona McKerrell, Living Doll, 2020 (Left), Nicole Reed, SMILE, 2020 (Right)

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