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2018 End of year wrap!

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.

THEATRE

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.

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OTHER NOTES

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.

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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!

Pia x

End of Year wrap... and look to 2018!

2017 you have been kind! What a great year!

ARTWORK

I am so grateful for having my artwork exhibited on a wall most of the year - highlights including Closing the Distance curated by Sophia Cai, being a finalist in the Maggie Diaz Photographic Prize for Women and the Martin Kantor Portrait Photography Prize at the Ballarat International Foto Biennial, commissions from Punctum Inc for AsiaTOPA and Port Fairy Spring Music Festival opening night piece My Mother's Mother, The Confessional at Mailbox Artspace, and of course my curatorial debut of Chinese Whispers and Other Stories at PhotoAccess and Blindside.

PHOTOGRAPHY

This year I got to photograph some brilliant live arts performances, and lots of fantastic talented artists and performers. In mainstage and independent theatre sectors, across artforms and a range of venues, for theatre, dance, hybrid, opera and classical music. I have so many favourites but a few stand-outs are Elephant Man and Testament of Mary at Malthouse Theatre and Fraught Outfit's two part work The Book of Exodus. Every portrait session I love, and I can't get enough of them - intimate, funny, full of energy and poise, it's a privilege everytime, with every person.

I major highlight was to work with ANAM again for the 9th year, on creating another amazing season brochure and imagery, headshots, and on-going documentation of classical music making, teaching and activity. I am so utterly flattered when ever I head to South Melbourne Town Hall - so many images we have made together hang on the walls!

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TEACHING & STUDY

Teaching is a relatively recent (2 years) addition, but one that I am enjoying thoroughly. Both teaching and continuing my journey as a PhD candidate has been consistently providing new insight into my practice and forging new and great relationships.

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THANK YOU

I couldn't have done this year without the support and love from everyone.

In particular my incredibly talented, inspiring, hard working, loving husband Paul. He is my artistic sounding board, number one supporter and rock when I crash. Thank you. He has been nominated and been given numerous accolades this year including being the recipient of the prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship for Theatre. We got married this year, celebrating 10 years together, our beautiful 3 year old and life in the Macedon Ranges - life is good!

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2018

Next year is set to be big (but hopefully not as nuts) year too. I  begin with a residency at the National University of Singapore - College of Alice and Peter Tan in January, thanks to Greg Petersen there. Very excited to announce a solo exhibition at Manningham Art Gallery in February which will feature work from Singapore. I am part of the group exhibition with an extraordinary line up of artists All We Can't See - illustrating the Nauru Files in Sydney. And last but not least, I will be venturing on another curatorial project later in the year - more details to come in time!

Happy New Year and be safe

P xx

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