The series (2016) and recent exhibition (2017 - click here for the details) Quotidian Metropolis, offers contemplation on present-day metropolitan centres and how they must adapt to current stimuli and simultaneously grapple with their past identities. The images investigate themes of pedestrian transience and cultural identity in man-made environments. The areas were physically surveyed by Céleste Cebra as a meditation upon the multitude of liminal and transitory spaces. The works also inspect building façades as markers of an area’s identity and signifier of a structure’s purpose.
Well-established cities and towns offer fascinating records of times past and bear the visible traces of previous and present inhabitants. Situated in the contemporary world these are places where the quotidian collides with the historical.
The exhibition was displayed in two parts, the first comprised of the medium format film photographs* (in the Foyer Gallery) and the second, of the digital photographic works (in the Main Gallery). Cebra delves into the former's process here. Featured below are a few select works of the twenty-three exhibited.
16.02.16 La Bibliothèque nationale de France II, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 55 x 42 cm
16.02.16 La Bibliothèque nationale de France Archival photographic print framed 90 x 71 cm
03.11.16 Kyoto façade on Horikawa Dori, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 55 x 42 cm
12.02.16 Bois de Boulogne, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 55 x 42cm
29.04.16 Glaswegian Schoolhouse, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 97 x 71 cm
01.03.16 London, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 97 x 71 cm
07.03.16 10-16 rue Marie Laurencin, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 40 x 30 cm
12.02.16 Le Chalet des Acacias au Bois de Boulogne, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 23 x 18 cm
09.03.16 28-30 rue de Babylone, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 23 x 18 cm
08.02.16 11 Avenue du Président Wilson, 2016 Archival photographic print framed 70 x 95 cm
15.03.16 Förrlibuckstrasse 109, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 51 x 51 cm
23.03.16 Hôtel Melia et Hermitage Plaza, Courbevoie, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 51 x 51 cm
19.03.16 Jardin du Luxembourg, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 42 x 42 cm
02.05.16 The Edge of Edinburgh, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 42 x 42 cm
15.03.16 Zürichhorn, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 42 x 42 cm
18.03.16 Pont du Carrousel et le Palais du Louvre + La Seine et Pont des Arts, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 32 x 32 cm
13.03.16 Botanischer Garten, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 32 x 32 cm
22.05.16 rooftop at 20 Via Gian Domenico Romagnosi, 2016 Archival photographic print framed* 51 x 51 cm
Interstitial Interiors (2015)
The Interstitial Interiors series explores the movement of people through institutional transitory spaces and the oddity of such spaces when void of human presence. Through an investigation of transience, liminality, flow, the feeling transitional zones may evoke and the ritual of the pedestrian commute in structured interiors, Cebra developed the still interior photographs.
Archival photographic print mounted, 600 x 1310mm.
No. 3 U.T.S. green
No. 1 Sydney University
No. 2 U.T.S. stairs
No. 4 Sydney University chemistry
No. 5 Sydney University chemistry
No. 6 Sydney University linguistics
No. 7 U.N.S.W.
Do you ever wander? Or simply travel from A to B. There are things to do and no time to be wasted idly wandering and watching. Dérive (2014) reflects upon the urban environment and pedestrians' innate nature to walk purposefully from one location to the next. Dérive is a series of small books which document urban drifting via word and photography. Here are a few of the images featured in the book series, from in and around Sydney.
"Not to find one's way in a city may well be uninteresting and banal. It requires ignorance - nothing more, but to lose oneself in a city - as one loses oneself in a forest - that calls for quite a different schooling." - Walter Benjamin
colour inkjet print 105 x 130mm.
03.10.14, 15:33 Susan Street, Newtown
03.10.14, 15:34 O'Connell Street, Newtown
03.10.14, 15:35 Prospect Street, Newtown
03.10.14, 15:55 Camperdown Cemetery, Newtown
06.10.14, 9:37 Mary Street, Surry Hills
06.10.14, 9:24 Central Station
06.10.14, 10:15 Riley Street, Surry Hills
Splash, Disperse, Swarm (2014)
Splash, Disperse, Swarm (2014) freezes in time the interaction between substance and skin. This dynamic works to tranform the portrait with the addition of the food and beverages.
photographic colour inkjet print, 297 x 385mm.
Sugar Glenys #1
Sugar Glenys #2
Tomato Soup Stephen
Golden Syrup + 100s & 1000s Emily
Golden Syrup Emily
Instant Coffee Emily
Green Pea Emily
Tomato Soup Emily
White Rice Joe
The series Triplicity (2014) derives from an exploration of occupying the same space at one point in time and interactions with oneself.
photographic colour inkjet print, 420 x 594mm.
Spilt Milk (2014)
Spilt Milk (2014) is a narrative which combines the inky dark that enshrouds environs upon nightfall and the artificiality of night lights that attempt to cut through this darkness.