MULLET - ISABELLA MOORE
Exhibitions, 13 July - 31 August 2019
Cheah Kongsi, 8, Lebuh Armenian, 10300 George Town, Penang
A mining town of 6,000 half an hour west of Newcastle in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, Kurri Kurri (Australia) has been searching for the magic formula other regional towns have hit on to draw in tourists and reinvigorate its economy. In the Chelmsford hotel’s beer garden, a concrete and corrugated iron annex with a Bundaberg Rum polar bear feature wall and no air conditioning, mullets of every stripe have come. Blond surfie mullets; greasy biker mullets; filthy dreadlocked mullets. Achingly sculpted, or boldly free-flowing. Vigorously shampooed or proudly unwashed. Punk and bogan and hipster travel far and wide to partake in a Mullet contest at the inaugural Mullet Festival. It’s an Australian subculture that people like to call a cultural marker of ‘quintessential Australia’.
Isabella (Melody) Moore is a 32 year old documentary photographer born and based in Sydney, Australia. Isabella is inspired by identity politics, how it informs our culture and how we continue to evolve. She independently researches and captures stories using a range of analogue and digital photo mediums. Her work, largely portrait based, has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Telegraph, Frankie, VICE, Dazed and Svenska Dagbladet, taking her to Russia, Sweden, France, Brazil and Peru.