'Remote Control' Jade Imagine Film Clip OUT NOW!

And here it is!!

I am super stoked to announce the new film clip ‘Remote Control’ released & out now for your listening pleasure!

Thank you to my friends Jade Imagine Band for having me onboard as Director / Producer for this wonderful project.

Director / Producer: Lilli Waters
Director of Photography: Amy Dellar
Producer: Jade McInally
1st AC: Lucy Pijenburg
Editors: Lilli Waters & Louise Mullins
Colourist: Jacob Harris @colourdesk
Runners: Thommy Taranto, Xavier James and Natalie Nowotarski
Featuring: Jade McInally ,Tim Harvey & James Harvey


Thank you to Anna Cordell and Gary Oxley

Thank You!!

My heart is so full. I am so incredibly overwhelmed with the amount of love that was in this room last night. What wonderful & beautiful friends & supporters I have around me.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart to those of you who came to my solo exhibition opening ‘Others Dream’ at Modern Times last night, it was such an incredibly warm experience for me having you all there. Thank you for the touching feedback and comments on the works, you made the night so incredibly special for me, so thank you. To those who purchased works, a giant hug & kiss from me, thank you so much for your support, it means the absolute world to me.

I can’t express in words my gratitude for this opportunity and to the extremely kind and generous people at Modern Times, you are truly beautiful humans who have profoundly touched my heart, thank you.

And thank you to the sponsors Sample Brew & Blackhearts & Sparrows who provided the quality drops.

‘Others Dream’ is on until next weekend, Sunday the 30th of June, so please pop in to check it out!

Modern Times
311 Smith Street
Fitzroy

Gallery hours:
Mon-Fri 10-6pm
Sat 10-5pm
Sun 11-5pm

All 11 framed works are editions of 8 and are available in two sizes. Please contact Modern Times at sales@moderntimes.com.au for a copy of the catalogue or to enquire about a specific artwork.

Photos by Elise Scott.

'Reawaken' Solo Exhibition at Craig's Royal Hotel in collaboration with the Ballarat International Foto Biennale

Thank you thank you thank you to ALL of the wonderful people who came to my opening solo exhibition ‘Reawaken’ at Craig’s Royal Hotel in collaboration with the Ballarat International Foto Biennale. I was so incredibly honoured to meet so many wonderful new friends & chat about art & new exciting ideas!

A huge thank you to Biennale Directors Bridget & Fiona Sweet for opening the exhibition, to Aaron & Madelyn for helping to put this show together and for the fabulous pub crawl & to my wonderful mates who took the long drive down, you made the day very special. Thank you so much to Craig’s Royal Hotel for having my work on your walls & for the beautiful complimentary night stay in your beautiful hotel.

8 of the works have already sold, however, they are editions of 14 + 1AP, so please contact info@ballaratfoto.org for any print sale enquiries.

This exhibition will run until the 10th of August.

https://ballaratfoto.org/events/lilli-waters/

Ballarat International Foto Ballarat Solo Exhibition 'Reawaken' opens 1st June

YOU ARE INVITED!!!

I’m very excited to invite you to the opening of my ‘Reawaken’ exhibition, opening at Craig’s Royal Hotel in collaboration with the 2019 Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Please join me for the opening on Saturday the 1st of June from 2:30-5:30pm, I’ll also be giving an Artist talk at 3:30pm.

Craig’s Royal Hotel
10 Lydiard Street
South Ballarat

Please rsvp for catering by the 24th of May, to info@ballaratfoto.org

Exhibition runs until Sunday the 10th of August. Open 7 days 10am-5pm. Free entry.

https://ballaratfoto.org/events/lilli-waters/

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Australia's Emerging Photographer Award - Highly Commended

I’m very happy to announce that my series ‘Others Dream’ 2018 has been highly commended in Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers Award in the Art Category! 

I’m also very very excited to finally be exhibiting this series in Melbourne, Australia!

‘Others Dream’ opens at Modern Times on Thursday the 20th of June, pre sales begin on the 11th of June. 

To preview the works or to register for pre sales, please contact sales@moderntimes.com.au ❤️

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** EXHIBITION DATES ANNOUNCED**

✨EXHIBITION DATES ANNOUNCED ✨

I’m very excited to be sharing two of my most recent series of photographic works from 2018 & 2019 in three upcoming exhibitions in June.

It has been such a wonderfully fulfilling as well as incredibly challenging process making these new works over the past 10 months, I have learnt so much about myself throughout.

I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the extraordinary help of many many people, I have a lot to be grateful for and a lot of beautiful humans to thank for making this all possible.

A huge huge shout out to the very inspiring & always elegant @anekamanners for believing in me, having full trust & funding the entire making of and printing for the ‘Others Dream’ exhibition, this series wouldn’t have been made if it wasn’t for you. I am forever grateful. To the beautiful & graceful @theanightingale for your hard work & dedication, I so enjoy making art with you, always.To the sweet & other-worldly @nfornelle thank you for working so so hard out there & for so much of your time, I am so lucky to have you with me throughout this journey. To beautiful mates @ursula_woods_ and @jethropickett for taking care of us and so generously offering a place to stay, getting up at 6am to take us out on the water and for cooking meals for us when we were too tired to move, thank you, I love you guys heaps. To @moderntimesau @ballaratfoto and @metro_gallery for supporting my work and being so kind to me, it is truly a dream come true to be working with you. To Tim & Ness at @thirdsfineartprinting for your priceless hard work and attention to detail, I wouldn’t be here without you guys, what a blessing you are. Finally, to my tireless and most supportive partner in crime @jacobxc for encouraging me to keep going, feeding me 3 x meals a day, attending to my deadlines at 11pm at night, and for picking up after the tears when I’m tired & feel like giving up. I love you like no other.

I am so incredibly happy & relieved & excited to finally be sharing it with all of YOU this June.

Save the following dates ~

* Solo Exhibition at @craigsroyalhotel in collaboration with @ballaratfoto Opening Saturday 1st June 2:30-5:30pm, Artist talk at 3:30pm. Open until the 18th of August.

* Winter Group Exhibition at @metro_gallery Opening Night Thursday 13th June 6:30-8:30pm. Open until the 22nd of June.

* Solo Exhibition ‘Others Dream’ at @moderntimesau Opening Thursday Night 20th of June 6-8pm. Open until the 30th of June.

I hope to see you there xxx

Close-up detail from ‘Underworld’ from the series ‘Body of Water’ 2019
Archival pigment print on fibre rag 
90 x 135cm
Edition of 8 + 1 AP

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Solo Exhibition 'Others Dream' opening at Modern Times

Please save the date!! After joining the wonderful family at Modern Times last year, I am so incredibly excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition ‘Others Dream’, officially opening on Thursday the 20th of June at Modern Times in Fitzroy, 6-8pm.

This series was photographed in Western Australia for an exhibition which opened in Florence, Italy late last year, so it brings me much joy to bring it to Melbourne and have the wonderful opportunity to exhibit it again. 

Pre-sales begin on the 11th of June. To preview the works or to register for pre-sales, please contact sales@moderntimes.com.au. This exhibition will run until the 30th of June.

Close-up detail of ‘Sanctuary’ from ‘Others Dream’
Archival pigment print on fibre rag
162 x 108cm
Edition of 8 + 2 AP

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THANK YOU!

My heart is so full! A huge huge thank you to everyone who came to my exhibition opening at Metro Gallery last night. Your support means the absolute world to me.

Extra special thanks to the wonderful people at Metro - Rebecca, Camille, Sophia & Juliuus, for their amazing hard work putting this show together, and congratulations to @kimkimkimxx for her incredible work.

This show will run until the 9th of March.

Gallery hours: 
Tue - Fri 9:30 - 5:30pm 
Saturday 10:30 - 5pm
1214 High St, Armadale VIC 


For print sales, please contact info@metrogallery.com.au

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National Photographic Portrait Prize 2019

So very very proud to be a National Portrait Prize Finalist for 2019!

As the World Falls Down #2

Once a year I go up to Billinudgel in NSW to see my therapist. She believes that good therapy is based on a relationship - not like the one in psychology where you sit across someone on a chair but one where you go for walks and swims together and the relationship has space.

Recently, I stayed in a cabin on her property and photographed a series of works of her daughter Maya and her boyfriend at a place called Protestor’s Falls. You walk through rain forest with huge trees to a pool and a long stark fall of water.

I wanted to communicate something about youth, beginnings and freedom, that time between late adolescence and adulthood that is filled with possibility but some anxiety too.

‘As the World Falls Down’ is a David Bowie song from the film ‘The Labyrinth.’ There was something about Maya’s physical presence and the feeling of that day that recalled Bowie for me.


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The Design Files - Things of Fire & Ash, Remembered

Thank you so much to The Design Files for featuring the ‘Things of Fire & Ash, Remembered’ exhibition, which opens tomorrow at the Victoria Police Museum as part of the 10th anniversary of the Black Saturday Bushfires.

Remembering Black Saturday Through Portraits

6th February, 2019

A decade on, reflecting on the courage and resilience of Black Saturday fire survivors with photographer Lilli Waters.

While Tasmania currently burns, and Queensland suffers fatal floods, we are also coming up to the 10-year anniversary of Victoria’s devastating Black Saturday fires.

Photographer Lilli Waters explores the courage and resilience of those affected by the fires in an exhibition at the Victorian Police Museum. Things of Fire and Ash: Remembered traces the lives of six young people from the Kinglake area and reflects ‘individuals’ stories and journeys. ‘We asked our participants to write about what the 10-year anniversary means to them,’ explains curator Amber Evangelista.

Lilli was lucky not to be directly affected by Black Saturday, but the horrendous climate event resonated strongly with her. She explains, ‘it has been an extraordinary experience for me to be invited back to photograph portraits of these kids five years later, now as young adults, seeing them grown and matured, and rebuilding their lives after such a loss’. The exhibition also features four Victoria Police officers whose bravery and spirit provided extraordinary support and care to those in need.

Lilli highlights, ‘I feel extremely privileged to have been a small part of such an important event in our history as the 10-year anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires.’

Things Of Fire And Ash: Remembered by Lilli Waters
Opening Thursday, February 7th
Victoria Police Museum 
637 Flinders Street 
Docklands, Victoria

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'Things of Fire & Ash, Remembered' Exhibition, Victorian Police Museum


I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to photograph the works for ‘Things of Fire and Ash, Remembered’ exhibition, opening at the Victorian Police Museum next week.

February 2019 is the 10th anniversary of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires, one of the worst natural disasters in the state’s history.

As part of the state-wide commemoration the Victoria Police Museum is holding an exhibition throughout 2019. 'Things of Fire and Ash, Remembered', opens 7th of February, and pays tribute to the personal journeys and reflections of community members and police officers involved in the fires of 2009.

OPENING SOON. For more information visit the website www.policemuseum.vic.gov.au


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FEATURE SHOOT 'OTHERS DREAM'

Feature Shoot ‘Others Dream’ 2018
by Miss Rosen

“At dusk and dawn, the edge of slumber and first light, these figures awaken out of the darkness and live in the hours when others dream,” Lilli Waters writes in the artist statement for her disquieting series, Others Dream, which features women amid an otherworldly landscape that is equal parts foreboding and curious.

Photographed across Western Australia, the images from Others Dream offer a mystical, mythical portrait of the primordial essence of life that begins in utero before being launched upon the earth. They offer themselves as wordless poems, silent revealing secrets to us, offering a moment of meditation where we can escape the artifice that civilization demands and return to something infinitely simpler albeit impossible to fully comprehend.

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Here Waters shares her journey, revealing the path that brought her to the creation of this body of work, offering insight on the effortless synergy of life and art.

How did your mother and grandmother instill a passion for social activism and a love for nature in their work?

“My late grandmother Elaine Moir was a feminist and activist throughout her life. She was a photojournalist during the Vietnam War, and later became a part of a small team of people who saved hundreds orphans from the bombings in Saigon.

“She was a serious lover of the environment, writing letters and starting campaigns to stop McDonalds from taking over her local community, teaching me the names of all of the birds and animal species and the importance of planting trees and helping on creek clean up days.

“We would ride our bikes to the wetlands and I would watch her as she took water samples and attempted to protect the baby herons from the neighbors pet cats. She was my hero and biggest inspiration. My mother spent many years living off the grid in the bush as a younger woman and is a botanical artist, drawing her inspiration from nature.”

Can you describe life on a commune in New South Wales, and how this connection with nature has informed your sense of self?

“I was born on a rural counterculture community in Wytaliba, about 100 kilometers out of Canberra, where everyone grew their own produce on the land and washed and swam in the river. Nature had a vivid presence in our daily life that is often absent in the city, where I now live.

“Often, I wake and find myself yearning to be in the bush and close to flowing water. I was young when I lived on the commune, so I don’t have any memories from my life there. However, people from the community describe my photographs as looking as though they were taken there, so these early childhood experiences must have been very aesthetically formative for me.”

When did you begin to realize your path as an artist, and what was it about photography that revealed itself as the medium for your work?

“There was no specific point of realization that I was on the artist’s path. I’ve always needed a creative outlet. When I was a girl, I was obsessed with so many things: playing music, dancing, singing, sports, theatre and making films, although I could never paint like my mother.

“I remember this overwhelming feeling of anxiety when I used to see something beautiful in nature and no one around me seemed to be as excited as I was, so I guess photography for me is a way of capturing the fleeting beauty I see around me and being able to hold on to it and share it with others. That brings me much joy.”

Can you describe the relationship between nature and the feminine, and the way that informs the subjects of the series Others Dream?

Others Dream questions our relationship with nature and ourselves, as well as ideas about female identity through unsettling, otherworldly scenes. The photographs encompass ideas about vulnerability and power, and aim to contradict stereotypes of feminine frailty. I hope viewers can have an emotive response and go on their own imaginative journey.”

What is your process for creating these shoots — do you have a specific vision based on casting and location scouting, or is it something that reveals itself in the moment?

Others Dream was photographed across Western Australia. At the time it was winter and I was asked to make new work for an upcoming exhibition in Florence. Victoria being too cold, I put forward an idea to take a life model and spend four days shooting in WA.

“I planned a route from Perth to Kalbarri, stopping at dunes and National parks, heading towards the pink lakes I had become slightly obsessed over. I took a dear friend of mine, who’d I’d also worked with before, and we photographed at dusk and dawn every day, driving and sleeping in between.

“I’d picked up some props from an op shop, a bag of expired black and white film I’d found on eBay and just hoped that the lake was in fact pink. There was a broad vision for the work, but the reality is, you’re improvising and working with small windows of the right light.”

Can you speak about the female gaze and the ways in which it informs your portrayals of the protagonist?

“I think it is important to provide a perspective of the female form through a female gaze. Photography is so prominent in our daily lives, I want to use this medium to gently examine the depiction of the female form as we live through the challenging Me Too era, while women everywhere grapple with the conundrum of how to represent the beauty in oneself, without being constantly sexualized.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about climate change as the literal analogy of the disrespect/abuse of the feminine aspect of existence (like the earth is saying Me Too). When I saw your photos, I was struck by the powerful ambiguity — there’s both a sense of assault and a refusal to succumb. Could you speak about the way that you deal with the duality that is present in your work?

“These images for me speak to a significant part of my own identity as a woman. My images are often seen as ambiguous. I am searching for a rawness and expression that I can’t really put into words, so it makes sense that people might view them in different ways.

“Some see darkness and pain, and with this series, maybe a sense of being trapped, though for me there is a sense of freedom in creating works that can be all of these things, and also empowering and a more full expression of the feminine than that which society has fed us.

“In the photographs I wanted to communicate a sense in that the figures belong and are even nourished by these potentially hostile surroundings. Moonscape rock formations are merged with the female form, seamlessly blurring the lines between the female body and landscape. I wanted this imagery to move viewers to consider how we respond to the female body and to the natural environment.

“In the Romantic era, nature was frequently feminized in literature. Woman and the earth have been characterized as fertile and bountiful, and as providing nourishment — enabling life itself. It is interesting to revisit these ideas in the wake of the Me Too movement and impending environmental disaster. What role might women have in re-visioning not only how we understand gender but our ideas about nature?”



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