BIFB announces headline David LaChapelle exhibition

The Ballarat International Foto Biennale has unveiled a major exhibition from iconic American photographer David LaChapelle will headline the month-long event, nationally exclusive to the festival. This will be the first time LaChapelle will present an exhibition in Australia.

Michael Jackson in ‘American Jesus: Hold me, carry me boldly’, Hawaii, 2009. Photo: David LaChapelle. Source: Supplied.

The exhibition consists of almost 90 of LaChapelle’s works, which transcend the barriers between fine art and commercial photography, while also communicating a social message to viewers.

His hyper-realistic images are inspired by everything from social issues and political climates, to street culture and art history, to immortality and the metaphysical.

LaChapelle has photographed some of the most famous faces during his career, which spans more than 30 years. Michael Jackson, Madonna, Eminem, Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Kanye West, and Lady Gaga have all posed in front of his lens.

His work is part of the public collections of institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

‘David LaChapelle is provocative, at times irreverent, and emblematic of what the biennale aspires to be. We believe this exhibition will enhance our reputation as a world-class event and bring new audiences to our beautiful town of Ballarat,’ said Fiona Sweet, BIFB creative director.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale is a month-long celebration of international and Australian photography from August 19 until September 17 set in the historic surrounds of Ballarat. The festival is a platform for world-class photographic arts, comprising a core program of major exhibitions, a fringe program for emerging and established photographers, and an outdoor public program taking the arts to the streets of Ballarat, 24/7.

The David LaChapelle exhibition will be held at Art Gallery of Ballarat.

For a BIFB first, this exhibition will be ticketed. Admission is $18 for adults, $12 for concession, and $8 for children.

But tickets here.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale
19 August – 17 September 2017

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