We have recently provided a 4WD Adventure Camper for Sydney based artist duo – twin sisters – Leanne and Naomi Shedlezki from Match Box Projects. Encounter…..Australia is one project they are creating under the banner of “People Make Places”. It incorporates them touring through Australia in a Campervan, creating and presenting an evolving series of art projects, exhibitions and educational programs in major cities and regional and remote regions.
“ This project entails capturing a region via photographic portraits of residents we encounter as they go along their daily lives. Through each city/town/region we tour to, we travel with an empty transparent perspex case. Those that randomly make a comment on our case – our “Time Capsule” – are invited to have their portrait taken on the spot we meet, holding the Time Capsule any which way they like. They are asked a series of questions about their city/town and are invited to become collaborators on additional projects about their region. During Encounter….Australia, those we meet will be invited to visit us at our mobile gallery (campervan), which we will be setting up in a variety of different spaces from caravan parks, regional galleries, town squares to farms, community centres, car parks, schools and events. On the side of our campervan we will present evening screenings of all the portraits we have taken in their area and in other regions on our journey to date. This project will introduce all to diverse local, national and international regions and cultures”- Leanne and Naomi
Another project is City Portraits. My City/My Place is an evolving series of mixed media portraits looking at the identity of a region through the eyes of her residents. This incorporates inviting everyone they encounter to create a small-scale work inside one of our matchboxes responding to the theme “My City”.
Leanne and Naomi recently travelled from Sydney to Deniliquin to attend the 25th Anniversary Campervan and motorhome Clubs of Australia’s (CMCA) Rally. This rally was attended by over 2000 CMCA members and 1000+ Campervans and Motorhomes. They spent 3 days at the rally – Using public space as a site of enquiry and research they incorporate performance, installation, mixed media, photography, video and collaborative exchange in their visual arts practice. The campervan acts as a meeting place and mobile art gallery for various events and community art projects. The inside of the campervan alternates as a gallery, interview room, and their living space.
Leanne and Naomi recieved over 150 hints and tips about touring Australia in an RV, these were written on a canvas attached to the side of the camper.
Due to the success at the CMCA Rally Leanne and Naomi have been invited to create a project for the Deni Play on the Plains Festival/Ute Muster. The festival is regarded as one of the largest national rural festivals in Australia stayed tuned for more as Apollo and Match Box Projects attend this!
CMCA Rally, Deniliquin, 2011
Copyright. Match Box Projects 2011