Cath Farr



Cath Farr, City Screen, York, until February 8
12:49pm Friday 29th January 2010

By Charles Hutchinson »

AUSTRALIAN artist, theatre director and photographer Cath Farr is showing 19 of her absurdist snapshots in the upstairs corridor at City Screen, York, as part of Crunchtime 2010.

Prompted by the recession, this week-long art initiative in York opened today as a showcase for artists from across the world to respond to the global issues of modern life.

Cath’s aim is to expose “the hidden absurdities and the impending catastrophe inherent in 21st Century living”.

“From the time I could intellectualise, life seemed absurd,” she says. “Visually documenting life has been my saving grace. Hidden behind the camera, I have focused on and delighted in humanity’s imperfections and flaws, taking pictures of things often ignored.”

Cath has taken photographs all of her life and her work has been commissioned for numerous theatrical productions, being projected on screens and cyclorama at the Edinburgh Fringe and in theatres across the country.

Her photos have appeared on theatrical posters and websites too, but she only exhibited for the first time in 2008, as part of the Brighton Festival of Artists Open Houses, where Cath Farr: The Art Of Fun was duly awarded the accolade of Best Open House 2008.

Her Crunchtime show will not be the only example of Cath’s creative skills to be seen in York this year. She has directed fellow Aussie Mark Little – her husband, incidentally – in Defending The Caveman, a one-man play that asks why men and women misunderstand each other. Find out the answers at the Theatre Royal on March 8 and 9 at 7.30pm (box office 01904 623568).

Mark may be a little biased in his appraisal of Cath’s photography, but you have until February 8 to judge for yourself. “Cath’s photographs do little to hide her existential beliefs, dealing with the dichotomy and tragedy of modern humanity and the pure comedy of humanity, attempting to cope, exist and deal with what modern society throws at it,” he says.

Cath’s images are available to buy on