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.

Wednesday 27 January 2021 10:00 am until Saturday 13 March 2021 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Art Institute
5444 7272; lai@latrobe.edu.au
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Danica Chappell presents a new commissioned body of work in collaboration with chemical biologist Dr Donna Whelan.

In 2021, La Trobe Art Institute takes a look at collaboration across disciplines, bringing an artist into the University to work with the Institute of Molecular Science. Collaboratory is a biennial exhibition series that explores collaboration in contemporary art practice.

Chappell has a curiosity for spatial-temporal abstraction. Working with the elasticity of process from ‘darkroom haptic’ actions, the artist skirts the peripheries of photography to deconstruct material conventions. Chappell will exhibit new work drawn from a collaborative engagement with La Trobe University chemical biologist Dr Whelan and research she is undertaking using her own designed and built single-molecule laser microscope.

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/

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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