UPCOMING EXHIBITION AT ‘THE BAS’
Lee Grant and Amadis Lacheta
What makes where we live special, and why have people chosen to settle here?
What creates culture in a place and how does our community contribute to and celebrate that unique culture?
Artists and Eurobodalla residents, Lee Grant and Amadis Lacheta have sought to find answers to these questions through their project, Untold Eurobodalla.
Ms Lacheta remarks: “Robust regional communities are diverse, creative and responsive to
change. The people living in them are multi-faceted and often have numerous talents and means of expressing those gifts that make them interesting on a personal and collective level”.
Untold Eurobodalla takes a lateral approach to examining the multitude of ways that local
residents contribute to the place they call home and shares their distinctive stories through
photography, film and the written word.
At a time of significant challenge for many people in the aftermath of the bushfires, and with the ongoing renegotiation of life due to COVID-19, reminding ourselves of what really matters, cherishing what we have and building on our strengths are vital pathways to the future.
About the Artists:
Lee is a photographic artist based on the South Coast of NSW. She has a Bachelor of Arts
(Anthropology) and a Master of Philosophy (Visual Arts) from the Australian National University. She works on commissions and long form independent and collaborative projects dealing with themes of community, identity and belonging and how landscape (both natural and inhabited) relates to these concepts. Working across mediums, Lee’s practice combines photography, video, sound and text in projects that are often underpinned with institutional and found archives.
Her practice has a strong focus on bookmaking as an outcome as both published and limited-edition artist books. Lee produced her first book Belco Pride in 2012, followed by The Five Happinesses in 2015 and won the prestigious National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2018. Her photographs are included in the collections of Parliament House Canberra, the National Library of Australia, Monash Gallery of Art, Canberra Museum and Art Gallery as well as numerous private collections. Lee continues to work on commissioned and personal projects in Australia and Asia, with a special interest in North and South Korea and Japan. More recently, Lee has continued her love of storytelling with contributions to several short documentary film projects including the local Far South Film production The Oudmaker of Narooma amongst others.
Amadis has worked for the past 25 years across the arts, sustainability, government, business and community sectors in NSW, around Australia and overseas. She has a Bachelor of Music in composition and piano from the University of Adelaide, and strongly values how the arts can significantly contribute to the wellbeing of communities within and beyond the confines of professional arts practice.
As a composer, writer, gardener and home builder she takes a transdisciplinary and holistic approach to creativity. She has written for Green Magazine, Earth Garden and other publications on the topics of sustainable gardening, architecture, food production and renewable energy. In her work as a director of seminal Melbourne place making consultancy Village Well, she championed what makes places unique from a physical,
environmental, cultural, social and economic perspective. Through her roles in local government she developed various successful business sustainability and resilience programs. She currently supports the community within the Eurobodalla and across the wider region through her work with peak body Community Industry Group and as an advocate for Seniors Rights Service. Her two great loves are nature and culture, and she is motivated by the importance of recognising our place within the interconnected web of life.
Untold Eurobodalla, Lee Grant and Amadis Lacheta
12 December – 7 February 2021
Basil Sellers Exhibition Centre, Corner of Vulcan and Campbell Streets, Moruya, NSW 2537
02 4474 7355 Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm