Photofields presents a special preview version of Yesterday New Future (Liddell) by Merilyn Fairskye, a new photographic and social history recording commissioned by Powerhouse Photography. It captures the transformation of the Liddell Power Station in the Hunter Valley, NSW, from one of the world’s oldest operating coal-fired power stations to a clean energy renewables hub. Yesterday New Future (Liddell) examines the site as a microcosm of geological time, human settlement and industrial transformation.
Yesterday New Future (Liddell) was made possible through funds generously donated by the Australian Centre for Photography.
Merilyn Fairskye is a visual artist based in Sydney whose recent video and photographic work explores the effects of powerful events on humans and the environment. Her current projects examining the relationships between technology, atomic landscapes and community have taken her on location to The Polygon in Kazakhstan, Sellafield (England), Chernobyl and other key nuclear sites. These trips have led to the creation of an art film, video installations and a photographic series exhibited in Australia and internationally.
Fairskye’s work has been presented in more than 180 exhibitions. Her feature-length art film, Precarious, was nominated for the 2012 Al Jazeera Documentary Channel long-form film award.