Lives and works Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Anne Ferran has been exhibiting since the 1980s. Her landmark series Scenes on the Death of Nature, presented at Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne, in 1987, established her as one of Australia's leading photographic artists. In the mid 1990s she began working with the often meagre residues of Australian colonial past, paying particular attention to the lives of women and children.
‘I might start with a museum collection or an archive or a site, but it's less the history I'm interested in than the historical record and how it comes down to us. Especially I'm drawn to the gaps, for what else they reveal.'
Intellectually and emotionally engaging, her photographs have explored histories of incarceration in prisons, asylums, hospitals and nurseries. They play with invisibility and anonymity, and are often haunted by things unseen.
Selected individual exhibitions include: CANAL, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, 2009; Anne Ferran: The Ground, The Air Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, Hobart, 2008; Spill, National Museum of Australia, Canberra, 2002; Flock, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, 2001; and You Are Here, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, 2000. Selected group exhibitions include: Stormy Weather, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010; Deadpan: Photography, History, Politics, The City, University of New York Graduate Centre, 2008; The Line Between Us: the maternal relation in contemporary photography, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2004; and Contemporary Photo-Art from Australia, Neuer Berlin Kunstverein, Berlin, 2000. Ferran has also featured in the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, 1990, and Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 1985.
Her work is held in most major local and international public collections including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of South Australia, International Museum of Photography, New York, Monash University, National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and Queensland Art Gallery.