Jenny Fraser

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    Jenny Fraser works within a fluid screen-based practice of bold and confronting art that utilises popular cultural references as a bridge to challenge viewers’ frames of reference. Her practice has also been partly defined through a strong commitment to collaboration with others, and she is motivated to redefine the art of curating as an act of sovereignty and emancipation, founding cyberTribe online gallery over a decade ago. A Murri of mixed ancestry, she was born in Far North Queensland and her old people originally hailed from Yugambeh Country in the Gold Coast Hinterland on the border of South East Queensland/ Northern New South Wales. She has a professional background in Art and Media Education, and has since completed a Master of Indigenous Wellbeing at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW. Jenny is a celebrated screen artist. She was awarded an honourable mention at the 2007 imagineNATIVE Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, and in 2009 she was nominated for a Deadly Award.  She has travelled extensively and completed residency programs in remote communities from Queensland and the Northern Territory to the Rocky Mountains in Canada, and also Raw Space and New Flames in Brisbane. She was the first Aboriginal Curator to present a Triennial exhibition in Australia: the other APT. This exhibition coincided with, and responded to, the Asia Pacific Triennial, and was then accepted for inclusion into the 2008 Biennale of Sydney. Her upcoming Australia Council fellowship project Midden was awarded in 2012. Because of the diverse creative mediums Jenny uses, much of her work defies categorisation. Most recently her work takes iconic and everyday symbols of Australian life and places them into a context that questions the values they represent. With a laconic sense of humour she picks away at the fabric of our society, exposing contradictions, absurdities, and denial.


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