Wednesday 5 May
Cell Block Theatre
Leyla Stevens is an Australian-Balinese artist and NAS alumna who works predominately within moving image and photography. Her practice is informed by ongoing concerns around gesture, ritual, spatial encounters and transculturation. Working within modes of representation that shift between documentary and speculative fictions, her interest lies in the recuperation of marginalised stories within dominant narratives.
She will be speaking on the idea of counter histories through recent projects, Their Sea is Always Hungry and Patiwangi, the death of fragrance. Stevens is the recipient of the 66th Blake Prize Established Artist Prize and has been selected as a finalist for the 2019 NSW Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging) at Artspace, Sydney and 2018 John Fries Award at UNSW Galleries, Sydney.
She is currently presenting new work in The National 2021: New Australian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Recent solo exhibitions include: A Line in the Sea, West Space, Melbourne, for PHOTO 2021 Festival; Dua Dunia, curated by Rachel Ciesla at PS Art Space, Fremantle, for Perth Festival, 2021; and Their Sea is Always Hungry, UTS ART, Sydney 2019. Recent group exhibitions include: The Past is the Present is the Future, curated by Talia Smith at Granville Art Centre, 2021; and Gangguan Tenggara – Edisi Indonesia, curated by Iain Dawson, Bega Valley Regional Gallery, Bega, 2020.
Image: Leyla Stevens, A Line in the Sea (2019) (still, detail), three channel video, stereo sound, 9:45 min