SITUATE / 10 July to 3 September 2018
PROJECT SPACE / 17 August to 27 September 2018 (Opening Thursday 16 August 5-7pm)
Siegmund Skalar is a guest of SITUATE as a part of the SITUATE Austrian Arts Residency Exchange.
Siegmund (born 1986 in Salzburg, Austria) is a Vienna-based photographer and filmmaker. He is interested in discovering places with his camera and using photography as a means to unveil society’s underlying structures. Siegmund studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg. In 2015 he was awarded the Carl Mayer Prize of the City of Graz. In 2016 he also received the Kunstpreis Roter Teppich, one of Vienna’s awards for young artists. In 2017 his most recent film Flicker was nominated for Videodox Foerderpreis as part of the Videoart Biennale Videodox in Munich.
Broadmeadows, and its adjacent suburbs Meadow Heights (Coolaroo) and Campbellfield is one of the more disadvantaged suburbs within the metropolitan area of Melbourne. The suburb, situated about 16 km north of the city center, is known for its low GDP per capita and a large immigrant population. Until 2016 US car maker Ford manufactured cars in its vast Broadmeadows car assembly plant. In its heyday the Broadmeadows plant employed up to 2000 workers. However, in October 2016 the plant was finally closed. In my project I’m interested in mapping and documenting the Broadmeadows area with the camera. How has the closing of the Ford assembly plant impacted the area and its inhabitants? What patterns of behavior dominate, what social institutions still prevail?
Siegmund Skalar is a guest of SITUATE through the SITUATE / AIR Krems Austrian arts exchange. This project has been supported by AIR Krems and the Lower Austrian Government.