Jennifer L. Biddle

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2020

    A/Professor Jennifer L. Biddle is Senior Research Fellow in the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW Art & Design, Australia. She is founding Director of Visual Anthropology & Visual Culture, an international program specialising in Indigenous and Asia Pacific research, one of only a few programs in Australia to support ethnographic and practice-led research as a basis for creative and critical research innovation in the arts.


    Jennifer Biddle is ARC Future Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts (NIEA), UNSW.  She is founding Coordinator of the PhD program in Visual Anthropology/Visual Culture at COFA, a leading national program specializing in practice-led Indigenous and Asia Pacific research.  She is a visual anthropologist of Aboriginal art, language, emotion and culture.  Her interdisciplinary research and writing spans theories of embodiment, sensory formations and radical cultural aesthetics;  narrative, trauma, memory and predicaments of occupation;  language and poetics, translation, experimental ethnographic writing, anthropology and literature;  intercultural ontologies, glocal formations, postcolonialism. Her first book breasts, bodies canvas: Central Desert Art as Experience (UNSW Press) provides a groundbreaking analysis of the ‘feminisation of the Dreaming’ in the Papunya Tula Aboriginal art movement.   Her current ARC Future Fellowship Remote Avant-garde: Experimental Indigenous Art undertakes an ambitious, multifaceted comparative analysis to identify how experimentation is enabling art to communicate directly with global audiences and markets.  In 2012, in partnership with desArt, she co-convened the first national forum on experimental art practice in Desert arts Same but Different: experimentation and innovation in Desert Arts, a now annual event.

Last Known Location:

  • Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


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