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Bettina Hamilton

Bettina Hamilton, Chrestomathy, 2012



24 April – 25 May

Chrestomathy is a series of composite digital images made up of heroic and majestic landscape photographs and staged portraits from the early 20th century.
Much of the history of photography has been made up of images that serve as a trophy or treasure – something to bring back from where you’ve been, and as evidence of what you have done. The effect that the availability of free and personal digital images on the Internet has had on this practice is profound.
I have always been of the mind that others’ pictures are far more interesting than those I could take myself.

Bettina Hamilton’s  practice utilises video installation, photography, appropriation and seriality to explore illusionism and realism, repression and desire.
Hamilton is a current Masters of Fine Art candidate at Monash University.