Distanced conversations

Distanced conversations

Alli Harper and Helen Jolly


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Photographic artists Alli Harper and Helen Jolly exchanged words and images during the 115-day lockdown imposed in Greater Melbourne in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. They sought solace as cases mounted, restrictions tightened, and their loved ones became impacted. Their correspondence provided a connection in isolation and the opportunity to reflect on events as they unfolded. The images reflect the journey as ennui and despair replaced the initial naivety and enthusiasm. The exchange became increasingly personal and intimate as they explored their personal and psychological spaces.  
The artist’s visual correspondence conveys disbelief, sadness, and feelings of disconnection and hope and a shared connection to the earth and nature. This process of sharing and creating helped forge a path to adapting to the new (ab)normal.  


This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.


Artist Bio

Alli Harper, photographer 

Much of my work focuses on the environment we live in and how it shapes us. Our dwellings and public buildings mirror society's norms and aspirations. These spaces reflect how we see the world around us. During the prolonged lockdowns imposed during the COVID-19 epidemic, I turned the camera inwards into a more personal physical and mental space. 
Helen Jolly, photographer 

I am drawn to the natural environment and the organic forms within it – from vast landscapes that give us a sense of place to the micro landscapes within natural objects that go unnoticed or are discarded. During the lockdowns of 2020, it was nature and the home environment that many of us turned to – for me, it was the sea, its clifftop paths, the bush and the garden.

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