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It is pertinent to remember that the process of photography neither begins nor ends with the click of the camera shutter. Swifte’s work is slow photography; she collects images over years, travels vast distances and looks with intent. Her gaze is investigative and poetic – calling up and creating a play between strands of history, theory and photographic practice as she works across analogue and digital; in the landscape and studio; archive and domestic environment.

 

From Closer by Ellis Hutch

 

 

 

The drawings are so delicate and detailed in the rendering that the photographic image appears to be a slightly tinted fine transparent film placed over the drawing. The effect is of ambiguity. It is hard to tell whether the photograph overlays the drawing or replaces the drawing. The edge of the photographic image also acts as an aperture through which we see a more distant, vaster landscape that softens and disappears into the expanse of the white paper, allowing our imagination to travel further.

 

From She is Always Beautiful, On the Arctic landscapes of Genevieve Swifte by Helen Maxwell

 

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CV

 

Education

2017

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Art and Design, Australian National University

2007

Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours), School of Art and Design, Australian National University


 

Public Collections

Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly

Upernavik Museum, Greenland

State Library of Queensland, Australia

Australian National University

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt

 

 

Arts Educator

Eye to Hand Workshops and Masterclasses

Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre, ACT

Belconnen Arts Centre, ACT

Australian National Botanic Gardens, ACT

 

 

Awards

2016

Program Funding, ACT Arts Fund

 

2015

ACT Arts Fund, Out of Round Funding

 

2014

Canberra Arts Critics' Circle Award

 

2011

ACT Arts Fund, Out of Round Funding

 

2010

ABAF Donations, Australia Cultural Fund

ArtStart, Australia Council for the Arts

Program Funding, ACT Arts Fund

Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant

Out of Round Funding, ACT Arts Fund

 

2009

Donovan Astronomical Trust

 

 

Exhibition History and Professional Background

 

2017

Creative development and research, Council of the Alhambra and the Generalife, Granada, Spain

 

Artist in residence, Silencio, Convent of Santa Clara, Belalcázar, Spain

 

Resident Artist, Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, ACT


2016


Visual Arts Graduate Season, SoA Gallery, ANU School of Art, ACT

 

Sila, collaborative project of composition and live video projection with musical performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, Polar Soundscapes, David Brower Center, Berkeley, California

Exhibiting artist, SYNTHESIS, M. Contemporary, Woollahra, Sydney

Exhibiting artist, The Poetic Lens, with Relative Constructions, Carlton Project Space,
Chippendale Creative Arts Precinct, Sydney


2015


Exhibiting artist, The Poetic Lens, with Relative Constructions, Tamworth Regional Gallery, Sydney

Exhibiting artist, Photoactivism, Photoaccess, Canberra

In collaboration with composer Cheryl E. Leonard, Soundings, School of Art Gallery, ANU, Canberra

Threshold, collaborative project of composition and live video projection with musical performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco

Solo exhibition Trespass, Barometer Gallery, with Head On Photography Festival, Sydney

Exhibiting artist Photology, Art Not Apart, New Acton, Canberra

Exhibiting artist Light Years, Photoaccess, Canberra


2014


Solo exhibition Trespass, The Front, Lyneham, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 31, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
Canberra Museum and Gallery

Exhibiting artist, Quotidian, Elements of the Every Day: Water, CelerySpace, Berkeley, California.
A CaliforNoyers Production co-created with La Porte Peinte, Noyers, France

Exhibiting artist, The Poetic Lens, M16 Artspace, Griffith, Canberra

Speaker, Photography and Fictions, Conference hosted by the Queensland Center of Photography, Brisbane

Exhibiting artist, Altered States, Left Hand Gallery, Braidwood, NSW


2013


Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 30, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra

Artist in residence, BigCi, Bilpin, Blue Mountains, NSW

Exhibiting artist, Sur Polar: Arte en Antarctida, Galeria de Arte Contemporaneo de Xalapa, Mexico

Assessment panel member, ArstACT

Exhibiting artist, Intensity of Purpose: 21 years of ANCA, Canberra Museum and Gallery

Exhibiting artist, 100%: Books by Canberra Artists, Watson Arts Center, Canberra


2012


Exhibiting artist, Assisted Reproduction, SoA Gallery, ANU School of Art, Canberra

Sila, collaborative project of composition and live video projection with musical performance by Cheryl E. Leonard, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival
 
Speaker, IV Antarctic Art and Culture International Conference and Festival, Buenos Aries

Exhibiting artist, Sur Polar IV, Museo de Arte Tigre, Buenos Aries

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 29, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
M16 Artspace, Canberra

Exhibiting artist, Transit of Venus,  Photospace, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra


2011


Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 28, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
National Archives of Australia, Canberra

Solo Exhibition, She Is Always Beautiful, Drawing and Photography from Northwest Greenland, Lowrise Projects, Melbourne

Open Folio, Impact7, International Multi-disciplinary Printmaker’s Conference, Monash University, Melbourne

Speaker and exhibiting artist, Antarctica, Music, Sounds and Cultural Connections Festival and Conference,
The Australian National University School of Music, Canberra

Solo exhibition, Drawing and Photography from Northwest Greenland, Photospace,
The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Feature Artist, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) website

Graduate in residence, Photomedia Workshop, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Exhibiting artist, Solar, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

Studio Artist, Australian National Capitol Artists Studios, Canberra


2010


Technical Officer, Book Studio, Printmedia & Drawing Workshop,
The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 27, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction,
National Archives of Australia, Canberra

Artist in residence, Upernavik Artist's Retreat, Greenland

Public installation, 94th Moon, Steven Holland and Genevieve Swifte, Mount Stromlo Observatory, Canberra

Exhibiting artist, Shifting Signs, Nicci Haynes and Genevieve Swifte, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

Speaker, Focus on Artists’ Books V, conference, Artspace Mackay, QLD

Finalist, Libris Award, Artspace Mackay, QLD

Studio Artist, Australian National Capitol Artists Studios, Canberra


2009


Solo exhibition, Apogee/Perigee, Drawing on Astronomy, Canberra Contemporary Artspace, Manuka, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and donor, CAPO 326, Canberra Arts Patrons Organisation Annual Auction, National Archives of Australia, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and Curator, Dark Space, Light Work, M16 Artspace, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and artist’s talk, Sig.na.ture, ANCA Tennant’s Show, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and artist’s talk, Cut.Paste, ANCA Gallery, Canberra

Exhibiting artist and artist’s talk, Books to Hold and Let Go, Craft ACT, Canberra

Finalist, Phoenix Prize for Spiritual Art, SoA Gallery, Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Studio Artist, Australian National Capitol Artists Studios, Canberra


2008

 

Graduate in residence, Print media and Drawing Book Studio, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Finalist, Acquisitive Artist’s Book Award, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, NSW

Exhibiting artist, Make Way, M16 Artspace, Canberra

Finalist, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC

Finalist, Jed Art Awards, Shepparton Arts Festival, VIC

Finalist, Libris Awards, Australian Artists’ Book Prize Exhibition, Artspace Mackay, QLD

2007


Exhibiting artist, Graduate Exhibition, SoA Gallery, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Exhibiting artist, Explorations ‘07, Gallery Gaffer, Sydney

Feature artist, National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) website

Exhibiting artist, Water/Water, SoA Gallery, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra


2006


Solo Exhibition, Nephology, SoA Gallery, The Australian National University School of Art, Canberra

Finalist, Robert Jacks Drawing Prize, Bendigo Art Gallery, VIC

Finalist, Acquisitive Artist’s Book Award, Next Art Gallery, Southern Cross University, NSW

Finalist, Swan Hill Print and Drawing Acquisitive Awards, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, VIC

Exhibiting artist, Second International Biennial For The Artist’s Book, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt


2000


Performance, Zhang Huan’s My Australia, The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra



 


 

 

 

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