elena mazzi | ballidu
work in progress
stage 1: september - october 2020
About the artist
Elena Mazzi was born in 1984 in Reggio Emilia (Italy). Her practice deals with the relationship between people and their environment. Her works have been displayed in many solo and collective exhibitions, among others: Whitechapel gallery in London, GAMeC in Bergamo, MAMbo in Bologna, AlbumArte in Rome, Sonje Art Center in Seoul, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, Golinelli Foundation in Bologna, Pecci contemporary art center in Prato, 16° Rome Quadriennale, GAM Turin, 14° Istanbul Biennale, 17° BJCEM Mediterranean Biennale, Fittja Pavilion at the 14° Architecture Venice Biennale, COP17 in Durban, Italian Institute of Culture in New York, Brussels and Stockholm, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation.
About the community
Ballidu is a town in the Central Midlands division of the Wheatbeltregion of Western Australia, about 217 kilometres (135 mi) north of Perth. Ballidu is also 34 kilometres (21 mi) north of the town of Wongan Hills which, along with a few other small towns such as Cadoux and Bindi Bindi make up the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu. The name Ballidu is a hybrid name, coming from "balli", a NoongarAboriginal word meaning "on this side" or "in this direction", and "Duli" after a nearby rockhole. The townsite was gazetted in 1914, with street names of the original settlers. A primary school opened in the town on 4 September 1922, moving into permanent premises in 1924. The streets in Ballidu are named after varieties of wheat. The bulk wheat bins in town opened in 1940.
Partner organisation: Balllidu Contemporary Art Society