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TERROIR

TERROIR directors Gerard Reinmuth (Sydney), Scott Balmforth (Hobart) and Richard Blythe (Melbourne) believe that the practice of architecture is the production of knowledge.

Portrait of TERROIR, 2009 by Brett Boardman
Portrait of TERROIR, 2009 by Brett Boardman

The team’s architectural projects include the ‘discussions, lectures, research, exhibitions and explorations that work through the issues relevant to each project’. The team’s philosophy is informed by the imperative of architectural practice to ‘engage with complex interconnected and overlapping systems’. TERROIR have collaborated with artist John Vella to create a screen-based installation for the exhibition. The 16 minute three-screen projected loop was edited and post produced by Mark Cornelius at Clockwork Beehive.

Portrait of TERROIR 2009
by Brett Boardman

In his portrait of TERROIR, Brett Boardman says he wanted to emphasise ‘the role of landscape and place in their work’ and ‘the disparate landscapes that the three directors operate within’. Boardman has chosen to ‘isolate them from this natural setting and unify them by providing a blank “virtual” and common background to each’. The disparate landscapes are connected by the team’s two offices. Boardman says ‘the apparatus of the photograph – the stands, clamps and sandbags – remain as part of the image showing the photographic working nature of the portrait’.

5 portraits

1 . 2 . Portrait of TERROIR 2009 Both by Brett Boardman.

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Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne
Portrait of Johnson Pilton Walker,
Inside the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra,
25 Hours 31 minutes, 22-23 May 2009 by Ingvar Kenne

Portraits + Architecture

Previous exhibition, 2009

This exhibition explores creative process and identity.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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