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!
On Tuesday 6 March at 12noon I'll be doing a brief artist talk about my current solo exhibition 'She that came before me', on at Manningham Art Gallery. The exhibition runs until 17 March. Hope to see you there!
Had an incredible interview and photography session with Leah Jing at Liminal Mag. So exciting to be part of that incredible forum for Asian Australians.
Take a read here: https://www.liminalmag.com/blog/pia-johnson
Very excited to announce my upcoming solo exhibition at Manningham Art Gallery - She that came before me, opening 28 February and runs until 17 March. The work features archival images from the family album, new photographs and video work.
Pia Johnson’s artistic practice investigates issues surrounding cross cultural difference, diaspora and identity – concerns that flow from her mixed cultural background of Chinese Straits and Italian-Australian descent.
She that came before me is an artistic journey into Johnson’s maternal cultural history created whilst completing an artistic residence in Singapore, the birthplace of her Por por (maternal grandmother).
The works that feature in the exhibition draw upon her family archive of photographs, shared stories, familiar places and the strong desire to be more.
Gallery link and details here