When:7th November, 2019
Why do people really become addicted to ice? What stigmas do they face and how do they recover?
In November 2019, TAC presents: On Thin Ice an arts-documentary collaboration between journalist and author Ginger Gorman, photographers Hillary Wardhaugh and Martin Ollman, sculptor Tom Buckland and printmaker Jess Higgins.
Working closely and collaboratively with participants, the project will tell the stories of local residents who are living with or recovering from addiction to crystal methamphetamine (ice) in a multi-disciplinary exhibition of images, text, sound and installation.
Ginger Gorman is a fearless and multi award-winning social justice journalist. In the course of her 17-year media career she’s interviewed everyone from eminent scientists and artists to hardened criminals and vicious Internet trolls.
During her media career Ginger has worked for ABC Local Radio, ABC Emergency, Triple J, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and Fairfax Community Newspapers.
These days she’s a freelancer and regularly writes stories, makes radio and TV for major media outlets such as: news.com.au, Fairfax online, The Guardian, The Big Smoke, HerCanberra and the ABC.
She has an innate ability to connect and communicate with some of the most interesting and marginalised people in our community. Ginger works hard to translate those untold stories into powerful and insightful journalism.
Hilary Wardhaugh is an award winning documentary and portrait photographer. She is an AIPP Master Photographer, Accredited Professional and a specialist in her field. She works closely with numerous charities and says community work has always been an important part of her life.
Jess Higgins’ practice primarily encompasses print media and drawing techniques. Her works investigate the on-going loss of human life at the hands of unethical practices of war. Her work uses the human body as a vehicle to explore physical and psychological states of trauma by depicting uncompromising and sometimes confronting imagery.
Narrative and storytelling is a key component in Buckland’s sculpture and performance works. He is a voracious bricolagist and collector of found objects which he uses to create process-orientated work that proudly displays a unique DIY spirit. Buckland also plays with audience interaction demolishing the invisible barrier between onlooker and artwork.
Martin Ollman is a freelance photographer based in Canberra, Australia. He began his career in Photojournalism in Canberra then in London, where he worked as a freelance photographer in the UK. He has had over 2000+ of his photographs published around the world, held several exhibitions of his work and has been awarded two national photographic awards.