Peri genesin - Laila Kazak
We first saw Laila Kazak’s work at the end of 2011 in the graduating students’ exhibition at the ANU School of Art. Leila completed her Bachelor of Arts (Digital Arts) with Honours at the ANU in 2011.
We were struck by the conceptual and technical innovation of Laila’s work and thought it should be made available to a wider audience. Laila was invited to show the work in the HUW DAVIES GALLERY Multimedia Room this year and this is its first showing in a public art gallery. Laila has described the project in these terms:
'For my Honours practice, I attempted to remove the reliance on the ‘camera’s eye’ in video-art. By projecting and re-filming footage until it lost all clarity, and through the use of large lenses, the resulting works were devoid of any explicit relation to ‘what’ the works were recordings ‘of’; that is, what the camera originally captured.
In revisiting the works, I have removed them further from video and towards photography. I have converted each video (which is an infinite loop) into a colour paper negative, and used an enlarger to project the image. This broadens the scope of my original aims to include comment on the comparisons between the photograph that can be made explicitly tactile through the enlarger, and video, which may end with the projection, on screen or otherwise'.
'Peri genesin' is presented here through the lenses of two large format enlargers operated by control panels. The interplay of the enlargers and the sounds of filters changing brings a new dimension to this exhibition of the work.
PhotoAccess is delighted to present Laila Kazak’s 'Peri genesin' to visitors to the HUW DAVIES GALLERY.