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398

Aloisia Cudmore

21.10.2021 - 27.11.2021

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2, 2021, 43.8 x 32.9 cm, Inkjet on Photo Paper

Through a series of touching and personal black and white images, Cudmore explores her experience as a young person in the age of COVID. Capturing intimate moments in and fragments of relationships with her friends, family and community, the artist considers the significance of memories when travel restrictions, prohibitions on gathering and ultimately lockdowns separate you from those most important in your life.


398 presents outcomes from Cudmore’s PhotoAccess’ 2021 Australian National University Emerging Artist Support Scheme residency.

Artist Statement

The Australian Capital Territory had 398 days between locally acquired COVID-19 case.  As a young person living in Canberra, living in a different city to your family, it can be  difficult when you cannot leave your household. Your close-knit group of friends become  your support network. Your chosen family. The 398 days without locally acquired cases  allowed us to grow more deeply into this family. So, what happens when you cannot see  them? 

Lockdowns can be lonely, but it is important to remember the times that you spent socialising  with some of the most important people in your life. This series of artworks is a testament to  them. The sensitive intricacies of those relationships that are most important to you. The  intimacies shared amongst friends, families, and communities. The physical proximity  allowed by a world where you can move freely, and the emotional proximity in a world  where you cannot. 

Artist Bio

Aloisia Cudmore is an emerging Canberra-based visual artist and the recipient of the ANU EASS 2021 Residency. She explores small moments of intimacy in a digital world. Previously her works have been digital art, installations, audio and visual sculptures, and video. Now Cudmore has taken it back to the photograph. Throughout 2021, she used a 35mm camera with black and white film to capture these moments of intimacy shared amongst family, friends, and the community around her. What resulted was a grainy, textured, nostalgic presentation of a time that seems forgotten. The works explore important moments of connection, in a time when isolation persisted.

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