biography

I am an Australian artist based in Lisbon, Portugal and Sydney, Australia.

My international practice is hybrid, interdisciplinary and socially engaged, and address identity and otherness, particularly in reference to what we culturally and socially value. Projects are site specific, collaborative, and increasingly performative.

Two key projects are planned for 2019: This Savage Garden, a series of installations conceived for Adaption & Transition, Bienal do Fotografia, Porto, Portugal, to be exhibited at Palacio de Cristal Jardim; and Art Politic, to be developed at DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) & JSA (Joint Security Area), and exhibited at Suwon Museum of Art, South Korea. These continue my focus on social and environmental states of change and crisis, and insinuate a fragile interiority.

Exhibition highlights include the Triennial of Photography, Hamburg, Germany (2018); Foreigners, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK (2017); Tell me something, 2016 Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka; Last Things, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre, UK (2016) in collaboration with British artist Wayne Warren; Sharpness, Anna Pappas Gallery, Australia (2016); It’s closing time for gardens of the West, Palazzo Mora, 2015 Venice Biennale, with Wayne Warren; Ger to Ger, Mongolia National Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (2013); Unbound, Macquarie University Gallery, Sydney, Australia (2013); The protest that never ends, ARTISTERIUM 5, Tbilisi, Georgia (2012); URS27, Taipei City Urban Redevelopment initiative, Taiwan; Spill, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan (2011); postEDEN, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China (2010); The Recycled Library, Art Space, Mackay, Australia (2009); Spare Room, Elizabeth Bay House Museum, Sydney, Australia (2007).

In 2013 I received the inaugural Individual Artist Award from Australian Federal Government for arts achievements in Asia, and in 2005 a Commonwealth of Australia public service medal for contributions to arts and education. Arts agencies including the Australia Council for the Arts, Asialink Australia, DFAT, Fubon Art Foundation, Taipei Culture Foundation, the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong and the Australian High Commission, Sri Lanka, have funded major projects and residencies.

I undertake large scale public and corporate commissions such as K11 Hong Kong; Four Seasons, Beijing; Crown Properties in Perth, Melbourne and Manila; Marriott Manila Grand Ballroom; Swire East & City Plaza, Hong Kong; Modi Residency, New Delhi.

I am represented in museum and private collections in Australia, UK and Asia.

As an academic in various universities and art academies in Australia, China and Kong Hong I established working and funding relationships with government to support the arts and broader community. As an arts writer I position the artist and cultural activity within an economic/political framework. My contribution to The Asia-Europe Foundation/Ci.CLO Plataforma de Fotografia Green Guide maps cultural initiatives in Portugal focusing on environmental and social sustainability. The Guide will be launched in May 2019, in conjunction with the Bienal do Fotografia, Porto.

Represented by Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, Australia http://www.annapappasgallery.com; Gallery Espace, New Delhi, India http://www.galleryespace.com; and affiliated with EDGE Projects, http://www.edgeprojects.net and PITT Projects, England http://www.pittstudio.com. Studio at Centro De Investigacao Artistica, Lisboa, Portugal http://www.hangar.com.pt/.

 

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