Wonderful to be invited and selected to be part of the Loud and Luminous 2019 project this year. 100 female identifying photographers will be curated into an exhibition at Head On Festival. More details here
Very excited to announce a new solo exhibition coming up at Stockroom Kyneton in March 2019. Presenting a new exploration of identity within the landscape, Cusp is a series that intertwines landscape images, the road and portraits of a 16 year old teenager Maela. All photographs have been taken in regional Victoria.
2018 was a huge year for me. I am very grateful for all the support, work and collaboration that it entailed. My life can be a bag of licorice all sorts and in reflection, this year like the last few have been very full with a variety of professional activities and personal journeys. From teaching to putting on exhibitions, being on residency to photographing live performance, writing my PhD to collaborating on new projects, not to mention parenting - life is full!
SINGAPORE RESIDENCY // SOLO EXHIBITION
It started with an incredible residency at the National University of Singapore. Making work with students, running workshops and lecturing at the College of Peter and Alice Tan was a fulfilling and inspiring experience. During my time there I also researched my ancestral past and met with relatives I had not met with before. When I returned to Melbourne I followed the residency with a solo exhibition She that came before me at Manningham Gallery of Art in Melbourne, which featured archival photographs with photographs taken from my residency.
ALL WE CAN’T SEE
Another highlight was being part of a national exhibition All We Can’t See to raise awareness about the situation in Nauru, which was exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - a formidable community of people came together to be part of Arielle Gamble’s curatorial vision.
My year wouldn’t be the same without the theatre I get to witness, be part of and photograph. I feel privileged to come in with my camera just before the official opening and photograph live performance. This year was no exception, and highlights included Melancholia at Malthouse Theatre, Dybbuks by Chamber Made, Common Ground by Chunky Move, Not to mention those that ask me to help create promotional material, portraits and headshots, and brochures too… Thank you for having me along, and I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!
THE FAMILY MANTLE
2018 I curated my second group exhibition The Family Mantle, with a brilliant team of female artists of cross cultural backgrounds. Sofi Basseghi, Kati Javan, Janelle Low, Morganna Magee, Andy Mullens and Talia Smith - their work, artistic support and trust in me and my vision for the show at Bundoora Homestead was so wonderful.
The end of the year rounded out with being a finalist in the PCP Iris Award, as well as securing a residency with Punctum Inc in Castlemaine to explore new ideas around blood and identity.
My life would not be possible without my husband Paul. He is incredibly talented and hardworking, a brilliant father, and forever has time to be my sounding board, inspiration and support. And lastly our daughter Eleanor, having a small person in the world allows us to slow down a little, see the joy, and enjoy being in the moment.
Have a wonderful and safe new year’s celebration - and may 2019 bring joy!
My recent video work Becoming Por Por (after Beckett's Not I) will be on at Stockroom in Kyneton as part of a group show curated by Siying Zhou.
Poked by a bone in a cupboard
SIYING ZHOU (curator) . BRIDGET GRIFFITHS . KA-YIN KWOK . LOU HUBBARD . PIA JOHNSON . SANJA PAHOKI . MIN WONG
Stockroom presents Poked by a bone in a cupboard, a group exhibition of video works, curated by artist SIYING ZHOU and featuring BRIDGET GRIFFITHS, KA-YIN KWOK, LOU HUBBARD, PIA JOHNSON, SANJA PAHOKI, Min MIN WONG and SIYING ZHOU. These works, from seven Australian artists who vary in art practices, career status, and socio-cultural upbringing. explore family, immigration and relationships. In their respective careers, the artists have been independently drawn to explore family relationships in video work. Poked by a bone in a cupboard brings these videos together, showing diverse family portraits through a range of video narrations. This exhibition intends to offer a space where the relationship between parents and their children are perceived and contemplated through video medium and an art means.
The conceptual initiation of this exhibition comes from SIYING ZHOU’s relationship with her parents. After living apart from her parents for almost a decade, ZHOU experienced a growing detachment from her parents. ZHOU’s parents moved to Australia in 2014 following their retirement. Through making videos of her parents, ZHOU noticed an improvement in her relationship with them. This led ZHOU to wonder: is this experience unique to a family of immigrants? What kind of relationships do her friends have with their families? With this inquiry, she began her search, among her peers, for video works on families. This exhibition is a result of this questions: how may video-making be used by children understand their parents and themselves? How may this process be used to examine the psychological attachment between parents and their children and to gain emotional support from social community outside the family?
11 August - 2 September 2018
OPENING : SATURDAY 11 AUGUST FROM 4:30 PM
Following up my collaboration with Michaela Pegum and Chloe Powell at Craft Victoria, I went and took some exhibition documentation of Micheala's work.
There has been some incredible press coverage for the exhibition - very proud to be part of this, and featured. Links below.
I am part of an incredible group of artists part of the group exhibition responding to the Nauru files : All We Can't See. It opens tomorrow. My image has been used as the main image...
In August 2016 The Guardian published The Nauru Files, leaked incident reports written by staff in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru between 2013 and 2015. These files detail 2,116 individual cases of assault, sexual abuse, self-harm, child abuse and abhorrent living conditions endured by asylum seekers in the care of the Australian Government. Despite the harrowing nature of the files, the centre continues to operate as before – the conditions remain and the abuse is ongoing.
‘All we can’t see’ exhibition aims to raise awareness and to humanise the individuals the Nauru files are about. I am very privileged to be showing work for this important show.
When: 2nd February – 10th February 2018
Where: The Yellow House, 57-59 Macleay Street Potts Point, Sydney
More info: www.allwecantsee.com insta:@allwecantwee
Very excited to bring this show to Melbourne after such a wonderful experience in Canberra.
It was so wonderful to have a full house for the Chinese Whispers and Other Stories in conversation at PhotoAccess on May 21 2017. Sitting beside me was Mikala Tai and Siying Zhou, talking about Chinese contemporary art in Australia and the female perspective. You can listen here to the sound recording. Photos courtesy of PhotoAccess.
I am so thrilled to be part of a fantastic survey show of contemporary Chinese artists at Bundoora Homesteadcalled 'Closing the Distance' curated by Sophia Cai that opens Feb 11, 2017.
Closing the Distance brings together contemporary Chinese and Australian-Chinese artists to explore issues of migration, place and the contemporary diaspora experience. The exhibition will focus on artists whose works make connections to shared Chinese cultural heritage, lineage, and lived experience. Central to this exhibition is the exploration of contemporary migration and the movement of people, culture and history across local and global boundaries. Closing the Distance highlights how cultural differences are valuable in providing diverse viewpoints, but also how shared personal experiences and narratives can provide a means to bridge these differences. The artists featured are from across the world and include Kevin Chin, Pei Pei He, Pia Johnson, Lindy Lee, Owen Leong, Eugenia Lim, Chun-yu Liu, Jason Phu, Cyrus Tang, Guan Wei, Shen Wei and Louise Zhang. Curated by Sophia Cai.
Delighted to be part of Stockroom's Mixed Tape exhibition opening this Saturday 14 Jan, and running until the 5 Feb. I'm presenting some new work titled Into Our First World. Here's a couple of the photographs ready to be installed! www.stockroomk.com
Jason Waterhouse has a new show 'Tools of the Trade' at & Gallery in Melbourne's CBD. Brilliant show... had a good time taking some exhibition shots of it too!