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Always was, always will be.

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Lucille Martin

Perth-Marseille Residency

Perth-Marseille Residency

While on residency in Marseille, photographer Lucille Martin will develop her project Phantom Histories, which examines the genealogies and cross-cultural practices that link Marseille, the African diaspora and Australia. This project is underpinned by Martin’s search for her own French ancestry, which was annulled as an adopted child growing up in Australia. Martin’s residency project will reconnect personal and collective heritages and critical genealogies to past colonial processes that have structured the Atlantic world, starting in Marseille. 

Martin’s residency inaugurates a new exchange partnership between PICA, La Friche la Belle de Mai (Marseille) and the French Embassy, Australia. La Friche is located in a former tobacco factory that has been radically transformed into a hub for art, community engagement and environmental stewardship. Lucille will be hosted by independent photobook publisher Le Bec en l’air at La Friche. 

About the Artist

Lucille Martin is an Australian contemporary artist and educator based in Perth. She works across Australia and is currently on the board of CLIMARTE, a national body that activates programs in Civil Advocacy and Climate Emergency. Martin has worked in photographic documentation since she shot her first images during the anti-apartheid riots in South Africa in 1984. Her multi-disciplinary practice of photo-media, textiles and hand-making traverses her love of the natural and physical landscape. She has presented work across Australia and internationally, and her work is held in national collections, including the Australian Parliament House and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.  


Supported by PICA’s Art Ambassadors.

This exchange residency is made possible with the support of the French Embassy in Australia, the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries through a Sector Development Grant and our host partners in Marseille.


Image: Lucille Martin, Firecircle Barrawang, Right Fire Series, image courtesy the artist