An interview with ABC News

In the lead up to the opening night of the Alice Prize, I spoke to ABC journalist Shuba Krishnan about my controversial photograph of Pine Gap. A special thanks to Professor Richard Tanter from the Nautilus Institute for bringing his expertise to the interview.




Photograph of Pine Gap receives a highly commended award at 39th Alice Prize

My recent work ‘Pine Gap (a photograph of the centre of Australia)’ received a highly commended award at the 39th Alice Prize in Alice Springs. Director of QAGOMA Chris Saines CNZM judged this year’s prize and kindly commented on the work.

“Kristian Laemmle-Ruff is a photographer with a visually acute and potent sense of image-making. His Pine Gap has a surprising and unexpected beauty which, in its own terms, belies its larger purpose.

I was struck by the play of light within this work; some given to it by the natural environment, by the setting sun; some by the man-made built environment; and some through its inherent back-lighting.

It struck me as a highly considered attempt to illuminate – in every sense of the term – that which largely goes unseen and unregarded, despite its close proximity to Alice Springs.

Laemmle-Ruff’s Pine Gap is an image of paradoxical contrasts: a site of crystalline modernity nestled among the ranges of an ancient land; an instrument of geo-political surveillance being surveyed.

While the work of Pine Gap might be opaque the artist’s intent is clear, forcing us to look into the landscape through a curtain of metal rods that frame the scene – part barrier; part revelation.”




Selected as finalist in 39th Alice Prize

‘Pine Gap (A photograph of the centre of Australia)’ has been selected as a finalist in the 39th Alice Prize. This national contemporary art prize is held at Araluen Art Centre in Alice Springs, Australia. The show will be held from 15th April – 13th June 2016. Director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines will be announcing the winner on 15th April on the opening night.




Solo Exhibition announced at the Perth Centre for Photography

Debuting my new series, Mind the Gap will be showing at the Perth Centre for Photography 22nd July – 21st August 2016 with an opening night on the evening of 21st July.




Solo Exhibition announced at Watch this Space Gallery
in Alice Springs

Mind the Gap will be shown at Watch this Space Gallery,
9th - 30th September 2016 with the opening night being held on 16th September.  Watch this Space is an artist run initiative supporting experimental contemporary art. It is one of the only galleries of its kind in the Northern Territory, Australia.

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