Dear Neighbour is a photomedia project in which the artist Wendy Catling delves into suburban anxieties. It explores Catling’s perceptions of the suburban landscape, observations of the differing values expressed by her neighbours and feelings of alienation. She has captured
images and collected texts to reveal the undercurrents evident in an outer suburb of Melbourne, Australia, during a time of rapid social and political change.
“Dear Neighbour is an account of the strangers who live around me. The neighbours I don’t yet know. The barriers between us. The barriers we erect. It is a rumination, and an enquiry. A visual and textual questioning of contemporary community.” – Wendy Catling, 2023.