THERE’S no denying that songs and stories have influenced Amy Tsilemanis all her life.
It is for this reason that the local artist decided to base her latest exhibition on the very experiences that have made her who she is today in the hope that they may also influence others.
Entitled Streets & Skies, Tsilemanis said her exhibition gave people a chance to appreciate life’s smaller moments.
“It gives people an opportunity to think about the small moments that make up our lives and the books, songs and pictures that have impacted us along the way,” she said.
Showing at the beautiful and intimate Known World Bookshop on Sturt Street, Streets & Skies is being held as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale fringe program.
Tsilemanis is one of more than 25 local photographers and artists exhibiting as part of the month-long event. There are about 120 exhibitors all up in the fringe program.
“The photos in the exhibition have been taken over the last two or three years on various travels around Victoria as well as my trip to New York last year,” Tsilemanis said.
“They capture moments where I have stopped to notice something curious on the street, or magical in the sky.
“Some of the images also incorporate layered text of my writings.”
Tsilemanis’s works are showcased for all to see, but she said the exhibition was as much a personal show as a universal one.
“Our lives are all made up of gathered moments - a walk with a friend, a new season, a juxtaposition of sky and building,” she said.
“Just as I have felt the hands and voices reach out to me from favourite books, photos and music, I also hope this exhibition will give people the opportunity to explore their own memories and dreams alongside mine.”
As well as photography, Streets & Skies features a creative audio tour, original writing and music which combine to complete the exhibition.
Tsilemanis has also produced a book alongside the show which includes a selection of her images and poetry for all the dreamers out there.
“The creative audio tour I have created can be experienced in any bookshop, and features original writing as well as music that has been recorded as part of the project with local musicians including Lucinda Horrocks and Christine Tammer.
“These were also performed live to open the exhibition as part of the Festival of Slow Music.
“It’s been beautiful.”
This is the first time Tsilemanis has exhibited as part of the Foto Biennale and she said the experience had been a “real buzz”.
“I am so excited to share this cross-artform and collaborative project with people from near and far,” she said.
Streets & Skies will be held at the Known World Bookshop and is open between 10am and 5pm on weekdays and 11am and 4pm on weekends.
For more information and to buy the book or accompanying audio, visit amytsilemanis.com.au