Danica Chappell: PHOTO 2021

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Danica Chappell PHOTO 2021 is a major new international festival of photography that will activate Melbourne and sites across regional Victoria with the most inspiring photography from Australia and around the world.

Date:
Wednesday 27 January 2021 10:00 am until Sunday 18 April 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Contact:
La Trobe Art Institute
5444 7272; lai@latrobe.edu.au
Presented by:
La Trobe Art Institute
Type of Event:
Exhibition; Public
Attached documents:
Danica_Chappell_FINAL.pdf [PDF, 12.4 MB]

Drawing from a collaborative dialogue with chemical biologist Dr Donna Whelan from La Trobe University’s Institute of Molecular Science, Melbourne-based artist Danica Chappell presents a major new series of work across LAI’s two galleries and a newly commissioned public artwork on the building’s View St fa├žade that incorporates laser microscopy with various traditional and contemporary image-making techniques.

Chappell describes her work as a collision of light, shadow, form, colour and actions into ‘apparitions of delectation’. Her work responds to the very nature of the papers, chemicals and processes of photographic production, blending traditional methods dating back to the earliest days of the medium with the most contemporary methods incorporating innovative technologies and materials.

Danica Chappell


Danica Chappell is a visual artist based in Melbourne who has a curiosity for spatial-temporal abstraction. Working with the elasticity of process from ‘darkroom haptic’ actions, Danica skirts the peripheries of photography to deconstruct material conventions.

Danica completed her Masters of Fine Art (by Research) at Victorian College of the Arts in 2012.  Danica is the recipient of Australia Council Art Project Grant for Individuals & Groups, MGA Bowness Honourable Mention in 2017, City of Greater Dandenong Garnar Lane Commission 2015, Australia Council Art Start Grant 2013. Works are held in private and public collections, nationally and internationally.

Link: https://danicachappell.com/

Danica's catalogue is available here.

Donna Whelan


Dr Donna Whelan is a Bruce Stone Fellow in Chemical Biology based in Bendigo as a part of the La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science. She is currently building a new, next-generation single molecule microscope, and exploring DNA damage and repair pathways. Her collaborations include research into the underlying mechanisms of host-virus interactions, neurodegeneration, and proteolysis.

Prior to starting her own lab in Bendigo, Donna completed her PhD at Monash University, developing advanced microscopic and spectroscopic techniques for applications in biophysical research. During her PhD she constructed cutting-edge single molecule super-resolution microscopes and made extensive use of the Australian Synchrotron. Following this, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in New York University’s School of Medicine under the supervision of Dr Eli Rothenberg, focusing on applying super resolution imaging to map the cellular repair pathway of DNA double strand breaks.

Link: https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/display/dwhelan

About PHOTO2021


Taking place every two years, the festival addresses the major issues of our time in a program of free exhibitions, outdoor displays and artist commissions across the city, as well as talks, film screenings, masterclasses, education programs and awards. Presenting ideas critical to contemporary photographic discourse, PHOTO encourages the public to engage with and think about photography and visual culture in new and inspiring ways.

The inaugural festival, PHOTO 2021 is being delivered in collaboration with over 25 cultural institutions, museums, galleries and universities. The theme for PHOTO 2021 invites artists, curators, writers and academics to interrogate the relationship between photography and truth in the post-internet age.

Link: https://www.photo.org.au/

Image: Danica Chappell, Glimmer (working title for picturing objects), 2018, Daguerreotype, 42.0 x 49.0 cm. Image © Danica Chappell. Courtesy of the artist.

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