MY FAVOURITE AUSTRALIAN
My Favourite Australian, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra January - March, 2009
My Favourite Australian is a project developed in collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, ABC TV and the people of Australia. Early in 2008, the ABC commissioned video portraits by twenty-three artists and filmmakers of a selection of well known and little-known Australians who were voted for by the Australian public.
I was invited to create video portraits of three very different subjects. The portrait of Sir William Deane, Governor-General 1996-2001, was created from ABC archival material. It provides an unfamiliar point of engagement for the viewer with a very public figure. The portrait of Dian Wellfare, human rights activist and founder of Origins NSW, is of a woman whose life was marked at an early age by profound loss, and who turned her loss into support for people around the world separated by adoption. Saturated colours and lush landscapes provide a surreal backdrop to the third portrait, of Ruth Lewis, animal rescuer and president of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society.
The exhibition is touring regional Australia, and Australian high commissions and embassies overseas. The portraits are available for viewing on the ABC website along with a “making of” TV documentary about the project.
Figuring Landscapes, moving
image work from the UK and Australia, multiple venues (2008-2009)
Tate Modern, London
Friday 6 February – Sunday 8 February 2009
Figuring Landscapes is a collection of moving image works that has
grown from the Political and cultural history that links Australia and the UK.
The 58 featured artists address questions of nation and identity as well as
ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic gaze, and
uniquely in Australia the social, political and cultural status of Indigenous
people in a post-colonial society.
AQUA, July 2007
Solo exhibition, Stills Gallery
DISCOVERING THE OTHER, Palace Museum, Taipei, June-August 2007
Discovering the Other, Palace Museum, Taipei
COLOGNE ART FAIR, April 2007
Stills Gallery at the Cologne Art Fair, Cologne, Germany (April)
STATES OF MIND
15 February to 10 March 2007
Gallery Hours - Tues - Fri 11am - 5pm, Sat 11-4
States of Mind is a three-channel video installation that continues to engage with the contemporary world of global networks and connectivity explored in my earlier works.
a r t s p a c e
43 - 51 Cowper Wharf Road
STATI D'ANIMO / 60 SECONDS
8 March to Saturday 21 April 2007
Sydney College of the Arts Galleries
Balmain Road, Rozelle (enter at Cecily Street)
THE ARRIVAL: TWO ROOMS
September 26 - October 21 2006
The Arrival is an international exploration of cultural adaptation, upheaval and displacement, either by imposition or choice. Contemplating the rippling after-effects of more than two centuries of cultural migration, this exhibition examines the implications of arrivals into new worlds, journeys to old, and the contemplation of unfamiliar frontiers. The Arrivals includes artists Mark Adams (NZ), Allan DeSouza (Kenya), Merilyn Fairskye (Australia), Brett Graham (NZ), Zwelethu Mthethwa (South Africa), Lisa Reihana (NZ), Haruhika Sameshima (NZ) and Bridget Smith (UK).
Two Rooms is a contemporary art exhibition venue located in a converted warehouse in Central Auckland, New Zealand. Opened in August 2006, Two Rooms presents a program of residencies and projects by international and New Zealand contemporary artists.
16 Putiki Street
Newton Auckland 1021
Stati d’Animo was shown at Definition 2006: Digital Media Festival on April 21, 2006 at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada.
15th BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2-13 August 2006 (To the festival web site.)
HARRIES NATIONAL DIGITAL ART AWARDS, QUT ART MUSEUM
Stati d'Animo was shown at The Harries Digital Art Awards, QUT Cultural Precinct, Brisbane, Australia, May 19-June 30, 2006 followed by a national tour.