F5 Footscray – a projection in time with Pierre Vairo

The photography project that aims to creatively capture evolving physical and cultural changes within Footscray over a five-year period welcomes Pierre Vairo, the local artist selected to present the third year.

A local since 2007, Pierre is sharing his love of Footscray during December with a projection of photographs on the Town Hall. “With the photos I’ve tried to capture ten images that people who live here could relate to. Photos that say a little story about Footscray in 2013,” said Pierre.

As part of the F5: Footscray in Transition project Pierre photographed ten landmarks around town, capturing moments in time before construction and development continue its evolutionary path of reshaping the face of Footscray.

Pierre has a long relationship with Footscray. As a child, living across the river in Kensington, he would come to Footscray for swimming lessons and visit the markets with his parents.

“I didn’t have an item of clothing that wasn’t from Forges until I was 15”.

Migrating from Italy and Egypt, Pierre said his parents found Footscray as a place of refuge.

“I’d like to see it hold on to that facet. You can do anything and be anything in Footscray. No one expects too much from you.”

Pierre’s tip for a great afternoon in Footscray?

“Grab a pork roll and three colour drink from Nhu Lan, head to the lawn outside the arts centre by the river and contemplate life.”

Pierre’s exhibition makes up the third year in a five year project to creatively document changes to ten sites in Footscray.

F5: Footscray in Transition
Creative projections of changing landmarks in Footscray by Local artist Pierre Vairo
When: 4 – 25 December 2013 Dusk to midnight
Where: Eastern face, Council Offices (cnr Napier & Hyde Streets)
Cost: Free

Check it out, take some pics and share on Twitter & Facebook with the #f5 hashtag