Molonglo artist-in-residence, Lee Grant

Canberra, Australia (2012 - 2017 July)

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Lee Grant is a documentary photographer known for her use of portraiture to narrate and reveal aspects of belonging, community and identity (often in the context of Australian suburbia). Her work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally (including at various Photo Festivals such as Photoville in New York and Pingyao in China as well as established cultural institutions such as the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, the Lee_Grant_Dan_Belco_Pride-02_wAustralian Centre for Photography, Sydney and The Printspace, London). She has published two monographs titled Belco Pride (2012), a book about Canberra’s northernmost suburbs and The Five Happinesses (2015), a visual meditation of an anciLee_Grant_Oriental_dinner-01_went Chinese life philosophy, set against the backdrop of modern Beijing. Lee Grant_Nishi_Construction_14-(1)_wLee Grant_machine-2_wLee Grant_Nishi_Construction_98_wAs artist-in-residence Lee wanders NewActon1NewActon is a precinct on the edge of Canberra’s city centre that Molonglo Group is progressively restoring. It is built on the heritage grounds of Acton House, a late 1920s temporary housing facility for newly arrived employees of the capital. NewActon does at a precinct scale what the Burley Griffins attempted to achieve for the city: vegetable gardens deliver produce to the precinct restaurants; nature and architecture collide; and the architectural envelope folds into flora and art. The high-rise apartments (high but not too high) also feed into this ground level generously. , its surrounds and the broader world documenting how they unfold. Her visual approach has Lee Grant_WALLS-3_wLee Grant_Nishi_Construction_86_whelped us narrate and reveal our own story: the concrete walls while Nishi2‘Nishi’ means ‘west’ in Japanese.It also relates to the last of three buildings built at the NewActon precinct: Nishi CommercialNishi Residential and Nishi Hotel Cinema Retail. was being constructed, the tiler who carefully laid Hotel Hotel’s mosaic walls, Lee Grant_Dermot_Beekeeper_03_wthe farmers who supplies their produce to Monster kitchen and bar3Monster kitchen and bar is the physical and metaphorical seed of Hotel Hotel. It’s the public life of the building and the living room of the hotel’s guests. and of course, the eccentric locals, visitors and guests that create and contribute to this flourishing community.
Project Name Molonglo artist-in-resident
Project Type Artist-in-residence
Project Team Molonglo Group, Lee Grant
Scope Visual documentary on Molonglo Group’s various adventures and their various friends and co-conspirators
Status Completed 2017