Robert Go is a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia, but over the past two decades he has also lived and worked in the US and in various parts of Asia. As a photojournalist and documentary photographer, he has covered conflict, natural disasters and social issues through his images.
In addition to working with contemporary http://portageparkdistrict.org photographic media, Robert has also specialised in wet-plate collodion, the second major photographic technique invented by man. His focus is on making modern images, and in particular portraits, using this ancient technique.
Homefront is the first in a series of exhibitions showcasing international contemporary artists at the Tasneem Gallery, Barcelona. In this exhibition, Robert Go presents an insightful, sometimes poignant but also inspiring look at contemporary Sri Lanka. His selection of the title of the exhibition and how he breaks down the meaning of the word gives us an idea of his starting point:
home [hohm] noun: Any place of residence or refuge; a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family or household; a person’s native place or own country.
front [fruhnt] noun: (military) The foremost line or part of an army; a line of battle; the place where combat operations are carried on.
homefront [hohmfruhnt] noun: The civilian population or the civilian activities of a country at war. Homefront takes a different look at Sri Lanka, focusing on the eventful three-year period during which Robert lived and worked there. Not only does it tell the familiar stories of tourism, civil war and the after-effects of the 2004 Tsunami. The photographs in this collection also portray the lesser-known stories that celebrate, and comment on, the intricate details of life in Sri Lanka. …And they do it in a way that will hopefully surprise and maybe challenge the viewer’s perceptions. Split into two sections, Home and Front, the exhibition tells complementary and interlinked stories. Home reacts to the everyday, to mundane events and moments. Front presents observations of conflict, trials, and adversity. In doing so it sometimes acts as a stark reminder of how far we, as a global community, still have to go before we can satisfactorily say that we are good to one another. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-c-F9VXZJg