March 24, 2017

Redfern series, 2015

Andrew Merry was commissioned by the owners of a residential apartment building in Redfern, Sydney to create a series of photographs for display in the refurbished building. The project’s brief involved taking a non-narrative approach to street photography in the Redfern area and focusing on details, textures and architecture rather than story telling. However, given the rapid cultural change that has occurred in Redfern the theme of gentrification seeped into the photography though osmosis. The photography was taken during an interesting time in Redfern’s history. The historic Rachael Forster Hospital was being partially demolished and The Block was yet to be fenced off.
The resulting series is a collection of decorative art images that have a political subtext. Large black and white and colour prints are on permanent exhibition throughout the five-story building at 199 Regent Street. The building is not open to the public. The interior design is by Peter Reeve from CRD design.