Fiona Hall AO chosen for 2015 Venice Biennale

November 27, 2013

Fiona Hall AO has been selected as Australia’s representative at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2015.

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the selection of Fiona Hall AO as Australia’s representative at the 56th International Art Exhibition, Venice Biennale 2015.

The Adelaide-based artist, who works across a broad range of media, will be the sole artist exhibiting at the newly constructed Australian Pavilion in the Giardini from May 2015. The exhibition will be curated by Linda Michael.

Fiona Hall first emerged in the 1970s as a photographer and during the 1980s she began working in a diverse range of artforms. The core theme throughout her work has been the relationship between nature and culture.

A major retrospective of her work was held at Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane and toured to the Art Gallery of South Australia (both 2005) and the survey exhibition Fiona Hall: Force Field at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia in partnership with City Gallery Wellington (2008) toured to Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand and Newcastle Art Gallery.

She has been included in many important group exhibitions and biennales, such as ‘dOCUMENTA 13 (2012), the Third Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (2009), The Biennale of Sydney (2000 and 2010), and Prism: Contemporary Australian Art at the Bridgestone Museum, Tokyo (2006).

Her work has been collected by all major Australian State galleries as well as the National Gallery of Australia.

Fiona Hall was selected by a seven-member expert panel comprising: Simon Mordant AM, Australian Commissioner for the Venice Biennale 2015, Chair of the Selection Advisory Panel and Chair, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Danie Mellor, artist and Chair Australia Council Visual Arts Strategy Panel; Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Curator, Rome and New York; Max Delany, Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Rachel Kent, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Suhanya Raffel, Director of Collections, Art Gallery of NSW; and Leigh Robb, Curator, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts.

Melbourne-based curator Linda Michael will return to the Venice Biennale after curating Australia’s 2003 exhibition of Patricia Piccinini’s work. She is the Deputy Director and Senior Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and is also a respected editor and writer.

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