In Faces 1976–1996, Sue Ford returned to the subjects of her seminal 1970s work Faces twenty years later. In collaboration with her son Ben Ford, the artist filmed her friends in the same format, framed in close-up with the camera trained on them for 25 seconds each, and presented the images in a multi-channel installation. Reflecting the artist’s interest in the camera’s ability to capture time, Faces 1976–1996 shows the effect of time and change, and reveals the striking differences and inherent sameness on a person’s countenance.
Faces 1976–1996 was winner of Best Film at the St Kilda Film Festival in 1997 and appeared at Australian and international film festivals including the Melbourne Film Festival and the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival the same year. The work was exhibited as a multi-channel installation at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney in 1997, the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 1999, and at ACMI, Melbourne in 2003.
Participants: Sue Ford, John Loane, Christine Mackenzie, William Winford, Margaret Winford, Robert Daly, Micky Allan, Paul Reed, Monique Schwarz, Ken jai Baba, Christine Berkman, Mark Phillips, Liz Coats, Domenico DeClario, Bonita Ely and Karl Howard.
In ACMI's collection
Previously on display
31 August 2003
ACMI Screen Gallery
Moving image, black and white, silent
VHS [PAL]; Reference - timecoded
Digital Betacam [PAL]; Sub-master
DVD [PAL]; Exhibition Copy
Digital Betacam; Master
Digital Betacam; Sub-master