Kate Blackmore (NSW)
Step into the world of four fourteen-year-old girls with Kate Blackmore’s intimate and insightful video work, Girls (2014). Originally commissioned by Campbelltown Art Centre, Girls sees Blackmore collaborate with a group growing up in Claymore, a public housing estate in Sydney’s South West.
In a research paper published by Griffith University, Claymore is described as “the most disadvantaged community in Australia” due to its high rates of crime, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and intergenerational welfare dependency.
Through interviews and observations, Blackmore exposes the specific attitudes and behaviours the girls have developed as a way of surviving within their stigmatised community. Rather than presenting them as victims of the welfare state, Blackmore attempts to capture the significance of this moment in their young lives in which they hold the power to break the cycle or continue it.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kate Blackmore is an Australian artist whose screen based practice explores the ‘documentary’ across the fields of film, anthropology and performance. In 2016 Blackmore presented two new screen commissions: All Wedding Wishes for the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) in partnership with PYT Fairfield and STARTTS; and The Glass Bedroom, an ABC Arts and Screen Australia documentary webseries.
Since 2007 Blackmore has been a key member of artist collective Barbara Cleveland (formerly Brown Council) with Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett & Diana Smith, whose artistic, curatorial, publishing and educational projects are influenced by queer and feminist methodologies. In 2016 Barbara Cleveland presented two new projects for the 20th Biennale of Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW (AGNSW). Their works are held in the collections of the MCA, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Monash University Museum of Art, Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art and the AGNSW.
Blackmore is currently completing an M.A. in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin.