Standing On The Outside Looking In
Level 1, 15 Albert Street
Richmond, Victoria AUSTRALIA
5 - 22 NOV
Brendan Lee forces himself to make friends in one of the toughest pubs in Melbourne's Western Suburbs in the lead up to the AFL Grand Final.
'You can be of character, yet not be a character' states Brendan Lee in a reinterpretation of the classic saying. Continuing on from the Proving Ground installation and videos, Lee explores the slippery line between friendship and tolerance. By locating himself within a totally foreign environment (a traditional pub) Lee analyses the division between the inner and outer sanctums of Australian culture and the characters that inhabit them. Lee questions how can one enter unannounced and become part of a tight knit group? What are the limitations of new-found friendships and can alcohol act as a mediating force?
The characters photographed for Standing On The Outside Looking In are seen distorted and manipulated by a beer glass placed between them and the camera lending themselves to another infamous Australian saying; you look much better through beer glasses.