Franca Barraclough

Live Arts & Hybrid Arts

The Visitors

The Visitors is an artistic survey of the people, paths and stories woven through the landscape of contemporary Central Australian culture and place.

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The Visitors is an artistic survey of the people, paths and stories woven through the sociological landscape of contemporary Central Australian culture. Melding photography, film and live art, The Visitors charts the impacts and influences on desert life, through archetypical local imagery, captured with all the gloss of a tourism advert.

‘There is a particular pressure to living in central Australia when you add extreme weather, remoteness, and culture clash against a backdrop of, ancient and powerful landscapes. There is a push and pull element to “Alice” – not belonging – a visitor – yet emotionally and psychologically the landscape seems to take you into its vortex of timelessness’ Franca Barraclough, Artist and Producer of The Visitors

After three years in the making, through 13 unique immersive art experiences involving over 350 local community members, The Visitors is ready to be exhibited. In November 2019, The Visitors will be presented at the Araluen Arts Centre in Alice Springs. The exhibition encompasses billboard-style photographs, installation, sculpture and film.

This fundraising campaign is to bring the last phase of The Visitors extreme-art experience into the physical plane, by printing the billboard images you can fall into, and installing the final exhibition.

Franca has spent the past 20 years contributing to and developing artists and the arts sector in Central Australia. This is Franca’s first solo exhibition, and the first time she has reached out for financial support from her community. It’s a scary thing, and any contribution is much appreciated.

For more information on the The Visitors, and Franca Barraclough’s other projects please visit:
www.francabarraclough.com
www.facebook.com/thevisitorsproject/

Franca Barraclough is an artist of manic diversity who has dedicated a significant chunk of her career to making work as part of the small but culturally rich town of Alice Springs. As much as her imagination has been fed by the hot, complex, maverick filled wonderland, she has become a designer of the collective imagination of the place.

A distinctive aspect of Franca’s practice lies in her ability to drum up creative energy in the community that surrounds her through her idiosyncratic and hilarious perspective on the world. She then unselfconsciously uses that energy as her medium, drawing in participants to her collaborative projects and performances with a sense of purpose amongst the joy of art making.

Her work retains a characteristic of unfettered oddness, as she is delighted by both local detail and international mythology alike and finds ways to draw the two together with unpredictable results.

Artistic Mediums: Photography, installation, performance art, live arts, theatre, dance.

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