Photoworks and Ballarat International Foto Biennale announce a new partnership and will present the latest project by artist Alix Marie. The solo exhibition will open in Ballarat in August 2021 as part of Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

In this fresh body of work titled Styx, Marie explores her interest of water deities, and the intersection between the body, its representation, and an expansive idea of photography. The ancient myth of Styx, a Greek Oceanid representing the boundary between the Earth and the Underworld is the departing point. In the first room, the artist will create an immersive installation making use of found X-Ray images transferred to large translucent fabrics using the cyanotype procedure, a technique that is intrinsically linked to water.

In a second room, Styx will take on the human form, in a projection where the deity is embodied by the performer and Marie’s long-term collaborator Nina Boukhrief. The only attire the goddess fashions is a set of hand-crafted copper wings, connecting with Ballarat’s own history of the gold rush.

With this original interdisciplinary installation, Marie explores the fragility of the body and of the contemporary world.

Styx will be on display at the National Centre For Photography in Ballarat, Australia. The opening has been delayed due to the current lockdown in the country and the new dates will be announced soon. Alongside the exhibition, Marie will participate in the Ballarat International Foto Biennale’s associated programme, and it will be announced on our channels soon.

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