Rupert Mann is a cultural and built-heritage specialist in urban environments, a writer, and photographer. He has worked with indigenous communities in Australia and remote tribal groups in Papua New Guinea, has excavated Bronze-Age and Byzantine human burials in Cyprus, and was a co-founder of the community-based lobby group Melbourne Heritage Action, which campaigned successfully for the City of Melbourne to upgrade its heritage lists and strategies.
Rupert has lived in China, where he trained with a Beijing circus, and currently lives in Yangon, Myanmar, where he works with the Yangon Heritage Trust and recently co-authored the Yangon Heritage Strategy.
Rupert has created several photographic works focussing on neglected urban heritage, including a portrait of Kuala Lumpur’s infamous Pudu jail days before it was demolished, and a record of Bangkok’s Hopewell street art recently removed during an upgrade of the city’s railway network.
Pentridge, where the fascinating nexus between, place, people, memory and change is powerfully legible, has intrigued him since childhood. This work represents the culmination of an eight-year project to ensure that the prison’s history is not buried during redevelopment.