Dr Cherine Fahd

BFA (Hons) MFA (UNSW)
Lecturer, Photomedia

N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1052

Website Cherine Fahd

Biographical details

Cherine Fahd was born in Sydney in 1974.

Fahd studied drawing, painting and sculpture at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW (Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours 1, 1993-1997), where she also achieved a Master of Fine Arts (2003). In 2016 she was awarded a Doctorate (Fine Arts) from Monash University, Melbourne, for her research titled, Hiding From the Camera For the Camera.

Fahd’s extensive exhibition history has seen her work shown in major public institutions in Australia and internationally; Sydney/Beirut-Beirut/Sydney, ESPACE SD, Beirut, Lebanon (1999), operation nose nose operation, Gallery 4A, Sydney (1999)Masques, Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France (2001), into the blue, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2002), Supernatural Artificial, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan (2004), Light Sensitive, Ian potter Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2006), Perfect for every occasion, Photography Today, Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2007), Stage Unstage, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney,Multiplicities, The University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, QLD (2011), Afterglow: Performance Art & Photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne (2011), In Camera In Public, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2012), Globalization – Connections – Time - A dozen Worlds or the day has 45 hours, Hannover, Germany (2012), Photo LA, Queensland Centre for Photography, Los Angeles (2014), Crossing Paths with Vivian Maier, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2014), Australian Art, NGA Contemporary, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (2015), CCP Declares: on the Social Contract, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2016) New Matter: Recent Forms of Photography, Art gallery of New South Wales (2016).

Her work is also represented in significant public collections such as the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria and Artbank as well as private and corporate collections. She has been the recipient of numerous New Work Grants from the Australia Council for the Arts (2014, 2007, 2004, 2002, 1999) along with art awards and residencies such as the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW (2005), Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Photography Award (2004),National Photography Prize (2010) and the Moya Dyring Studio from the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2003).

She is currently Lecturer in Photomedia at The University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts.

Research interests

Fahd’s research interests are two-fold. In recent years Fahd's inquiry has concentrated on portraiture. She is interested in understanding the dynamics at play between subject and photographer in the instant that a photograph is made. Understanding the dynamics of portraiture has led her to focus closely on the ‘discomfort’ associated with being photographed and the ultimate failure of a photographic image to represent identity adequately. Interested in how one looks, and the signification of that look Fahd notes the impossibility of self-representation. Her projects are concerned with the status of visual appearance and how subjects can find ways to challenge the authority of the cameras gaze.

Her study also focuses on playful explorations of the body and concealment, her images present the surrealist tendency to draw on photography’s connections to performance, sculpture and painting. She produces images that utilize the relationship of photography to chance. Her images whilst highly staged rely heavily on spontaneous one-off actions, automatic performances and ephemeral sculptural ideas extending from banal everyday objects.

Current projects

Cherine is working on a major new portrait project titled The Politics of Appearing.The political comeback of Australian One Nation Party leader Pauline Hanson; the rise of Donald Trump in the US and the ‘Brexit’ result in the UK drives a divisive rhetoric (“stop immigration, Muslims, Mosques and Asians”). In Australia this rhetoric is directed toward any person who sits outside the far right's view of white Australia. The current political climate provides a strong argument and counterpoint for this project. The work consists of interconnected parts that include photographic portraits, sculptures of the human face and text-based works on paper. This project represents a conceptual shift in her long established study of the 'hidden' subject by asking what it means for the 'other' to appear rather than hide.

Associations

Museum of Contemporary Art, Artist Advisory Group.
National Association for the Visual Arts.
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne.
Artspace, Sydney.

Awards and honours

Educational Innovation Grant, The University of Sydney, 2015.
Research Support Grant Scheme, Sydney College of the Arts, The University of Sydney 2013, 2014, 2016.
Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Craft Fund, New Work Grant, 2014.
National Photography Prize, Hiding 2009-2010 Self Portraits, 2010.
Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Craft Fund, New Work Grant, 2007.
Arts NSW, Gunnery Studio Residency, 2006.
Arts NSW, NSW Women and Arts Fellowship, 2005.
Josephine Ulrick and Win Shubert Foundation Photography Award, 2004.
Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Craft Fund, New Work Grant, 2004.
Albury City Art Gallery, Photographic Purchase Award, 2003.
Art Gallery of NSW, Moya Dyring Paris Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, 2003.

Selected grants

2014

  • Research and develop sculptures and photographs about performative corporeality.; Fahd C; Australia Council for the Arts/Visual Arts Board.

Selected publications & creative works

  • Queensland Centre for Photography: Cherine Fahd Camouflage | 1. Camouflage (chroma inny) 2013 2. Camouflage (eye closed) 3. Camouflage (chroma nail)  2013  4. Camouflage (chroma hair)  2013  5. Camouflage (chroma hand)  2013  6. Camouflage (chroma nip)  20

    Queensland Centre for Photography: Cherine Fahd Camouflage | 1. Camouflage (chroma inny) 2013 2. Camouflage (eye closed) 3. Camouflage (chroma nail) 2013 4. Camouflage (chroma hair) 2013 5. Camouflage (chroma hand) 2013 6. Camouflage (chroma nip) 20 (2013)

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Book Chapters

  • Fahd, C. (2014). "It is not me it is the subject" - Divided Orientations in Self-Portraiture. In Victoria Garnons-Williams (Eds.), Photography & Fictions: locating dynamics of practice, (pp. 68-73). Brisbane: Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP).

Conferences

  • Fahd, C. (2016). From Photographer and Subject to Photographer with Subject. Contemphoto '16, Istanbul: Dakam Publishing (D/PB).
  • Fahd, C. (2013). Private Disclosures, Public Space. Contemphoto '13 Contemporary Photography Conference, Istanbul: Dakam Publishing (D/PB).

Visual Art

  • Fahd, C. (2016). CCP Declares: On The Social Contract. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). 1. Homage to a Rectangle, Face 2. Homage to a Rectangle, Arm 3. Homage to a Rectangle, Mouth 4. Homage to a Rectangle, Outty 5. Homage to a Rectangle, Nose 6. Homage to a Rectangle, Hair 7. Homage to a Rectangle, Hip 8. Homage to a Rectangle, Back 9. Homage to a Rectangle, Breath 10. Homage to a Rectangle, Inny 11. Homage to a Rectangle, Shoulder. In: Homage to a Rectangle. This is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery. Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). 1. Plinth Piece, Kouros Study (2014), 2. Study for Zeus (or possibly Poseidon) (2014), 3. Plinth Piece, Animalia (2014) 4. Plinth Piece, Nike Victory (2014) 5. Plinth Piece, Study for a Reclining Nude (2014) 6. Plinth Piece, Study for the Water Carrier (2014) 7. Plinth Piece, Shadow (2014) 8. Plinth Piece, Study for Woman Bitten by a Snake (2014). In: Plinth Piece. This is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery. Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). Breath. In: 2015 Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Art Gallery. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). Camouflage (chroma eye/chroma nail/chroma hair). In: Colour on the Concrete. University of Technology Sydney. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). Plinth Piece 1. Kouros study 2. Shadow study 2014 3. Study for reclining nude 2014 4. Woman bitten by a snake 2014. In: Constructed Worlds. Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). The Sleepers and Trafalgar Square. In: The Culture of Photography in Public Space. The University of Chicago Press. Intellect, Chicago, United States of America.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (chroma inny) 2. Camouflage (chroma hair) 3. Camouflage (chroma nip) 4. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Australian photo media art at Photo LA. Photo LA, Los Angeles, United States of America.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (nose) 2. Camouflage (chroma blue/red) 3. Camouflage (chroma pink/red) 4. Camouflage (blue/yellow) 5. Camouflage (chroma inny) 6. Camouflage (chroma eye) 7. Camouflage (chroma nail) 8. Camouflage (chroma hair) 9. Camouflage (chroma hand) 10. Camouflage (chroma nip) 11. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Camouflage. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (nose) 2. Camouflage (chroma blue/red) 3. Camouflage (chroma pink/red) 4. Camouflage (chroma blue/yellow) 5. Camouflage (chroma inny) 6. Camouflage (chroma eye) 7. Camouflage (chroma nail) 8. Camouflage (chroma hair) 9. Camouflage (chroma hand) 10. Camouflage (chroma nip) 11. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Camouflage. Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (nose) 2. Camouflage chroma blue/red) 3. Camouflage (pink/red) 4. Camouflage (blue/yellow) 5. Camouflage (inny) 6. Camouflage (chroma eye) 7. Camouflage (chroma nail) 8. Camouflage (chroma hair) 9. Camouflage (chroma hand) 10. Camouflage (chroma nip) 11. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Crossing paths with Vivian Maier. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Kouros study 2. Animalia study 3. Nike victory study 4. Shadow study 5. Study for reclining nude 6. Study for the water carrier 7. Study for woman bitten by a snake 8. Study for Zeus (or possible Poseidon). In: Plinth Piece. Galerie Pompom, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Blown-up. In: The Sceptical Image. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Plinth Piece, Nike Victory Study 2014. In: Grace Cossington Smith Art Award 2014. Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Plinth Piece, Shadow Study. In: Bowness Photography Prize 2014. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). 1. Camouflage (chroma inny) 2013 2. Camouflage (eye closed) 3. Camouflage (chroma nail) 2013 4. Camouflage (chroma hair) 2013 5. Camouflage (chroma hand) 2013 6. Camouflage (chroma nip) 2013 7. Camouflage (eye closed) 2013 8. Camouflage (nose) 2013 9. Camouflage(chroma blue/red) 2013 10. Camouflage(chroma pink/red) 2013 11.Camouflage (chroma blue/yellow) 2013. In: Queensland Centre for Photography: Cherine Fahd Camouflage. Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). 1. Fear of crossing the Westgate Bridge, Fear of making a fool of myself 2. Fear of people saying what I imagine them to be saying, Fear of humiliation 3. Fear of the future, fear of my own negativity 4. Fear of commitment, Fear of being addicted to porn 5. Fear of never having sex again, Fear of being boring 6. Fear of awkward goodbye hugs, Fear of dementia. In: Everyday Fear. Transit Gallery, The Substation: Centre for Art and Culture, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). 1. January 2011 2. February 2011 3. March 2011 4. April 2011 5. May 2011 6. June 2011 7. July 2011 8. August 2011 9. September 2011 10. October 2011 11. November 2011 12. December 2011. In: 365 Attempts to Meditate. Peloton, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). Ephemeral sculpture no. 1 with fan. In: Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2013. National Art School Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2012). 1. Alicia from the series A Woman Runs 2. Ashley from the series A Woman Runs 3. Camouflage from the series A Woman Runs 4. Into the Invisible from the series A Woman Runs 5. Justine from the series A Woman Runs 6. Kate from the series A Woman Runs 7. Madeleine and Stephanie from the series A Woman Runs 8. Mel and Majka from the series A Woman Runs 9. Suzie from the series A Woman Runs. In: A Woman Runs. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2012). 1. TV Dinner. In: 2012 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2012). 365 Attempts to Meditate. In: Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2012. Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia.

Textual Creative Works

  • Fahd, C. (2014). Fantasy is a Place. Mono Nuovo, Kylie Banyard, (pp. 10 - 13). Sydney, Australia: Galerie pompom.

Exhibitions / Events

  • Buljan, S., Fahd, C., Jolly, M. (2015). The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg. Sydney, Australia: Australian Centre for Photography.

2016

  • Fahd, C. (2016). CCP Declares: On The Social Contract. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2016). From Photographer and Subject to Photographer with Subject. Contemphoto '16, Istanbul: Dakam Publishing (D/PB).

2015

  • Fahd, C. (2015). 1. Homage to a Rectangle, Face 2. Homage to a Rectangle, Arm 3. Homage to a Rectangle, Mouth 4. Homage to a Rectangle, Outty 5. Homage to a Rectangle, Nose 6. Homage to a Rectangle, Hair 7. Homage to a Rectangle, Hip 8. Homage to a Rectangle, Back 9. Homage to a Rectangle, Breath 10. Homage to a Rectangle, Inny 11. Homage to a Rectangle, Shoulder. In: Homage to a Rectangle. This is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery. Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). 1. Plinth Piece, Kouros Study (2014), 2. Study for Zeus (or possibly Poseidon) (2014), 3. Plinth Piece, Animalia (2014) 4. Plinth Piece, Nike Victory (2014) 5. Plinth Piece, Study for a Reclining Nude (2014) 6. Plinth Piece, Study for the Water Carrier (2014) 7. Plinth Piece, Shadow (2014) 8. Plinth Piece, Study for Woman Bitten by a Snake (2014). In: Plinth Piece. This is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery. Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). Breath. In: 2015 Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Art Gallery. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). Camouflage (chroma eye/chroma nail/chroma hair). In: Colour on the Concrete. University of Technology Sydney. UTS Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). Plinth Piece 1. Kouros study 2. Shadow study 2014 3. Study for reclining nude 2014 4. Woman bitten by a snake 2014. In: Constructed Worlds. Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Buljan, S., Fahd, C., Jolly, M. (2015). The Alchemists: Rediscovering Photography in the Age of the Jpeg. Sydney, Australia: Australian Centre for Photography.
  • Fahd, C. (2015). The Sleepers and Trafalgar Square. In: The Culture of Photography in Public Space. The University of Chicago Press. Intellect, Chicago, United States of America.

2014

  • Fahd, C. (2014). "It is not me it is the subject" - Divided Orientations in Self-Portraiture. In Victoria Garnons-Williams (Eds.), Photography & Fictions: locating dynamics of practice, (pp. 68-73). Brisbane: Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP).
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (chroma inny) 2. Camouflage (chroma hair) 3. Camouflage (chroma nip) 4. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Australian photo media art at Photo LA. Photo LA, Los Angeles, United States of America.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (nose) 2. Camouflage (chroma blue/red) 3. Camouflage (chroma pink/red) 4. Camouflage (blue/yellow) 5. Camouflage (chroma inny) 6. Camouflage (chroma eye) 7. Camouflage (chroma nail) 8. Camouflage (chroma hair) 9. Camouflage (chroma hand) 10. Camouflage (chroma nip) 11. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Camouflage. Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (nose) 2. Camouflage (chroma blue/red) 3. Camouflage (chroma pink/red) 4. Camouflage (chroma blue/yellow) 5. Camouflage (chroma inny) 6. Camouflage (chroma eye) 7. Camouflage (chroma nail) 8. Camouflage (chroma hair) 9. Camouflage (chroma hand) 10. Camouflage (chroma nip) 11. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Camouflage. Artereal Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Camouflage (nose) 2. Camouflage chroma blue/red) 3. Camouflage (pink/red) 4. Camouflage (blue/yellow) 5. Camouflage (inny) 6. Camouflage (chroma eye) 7. Camouflage (chroma nail) 8. Camouflage (chroma hair) 9. Camouflage (chroma hand) 10. Camouflage (chroma nip) 11. Camouflage (eye closed). In: Crossing paths with Vivian Maier. Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). 1. Kouros study 2. Animalia study 3. Nike victory study 4. Shadow study 5. Study for reclining nude 6. Study for the water carrier 7. Study for woman bitten by a snake 8. Study for Zeus (or possible Poseidon). In: Plinth Piece. Galerie Pompom, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Blown-up. In: The Sceptical Image. SCA Galleries, Sydney, Australia. [More Information]
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Fantasy is a Place. Mono Nuovo, Kylie Banyard, (pp. 10 - 13). Sydney, Australia: Galerie pompom.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Plinth Piece, Nike Victory Study 2014. In: Grace Cossington Smith Art Award 2014. Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2014). Plinth Piece, Shadow Study. In: Bowness Photography Prize 2014. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.

2013

  • Fahd, C. (2013). 1. Camouflage (chroma inny) 2013 2. Camouflage (eye closed) 3. Camouflage (chroma nail) 2013 4. Camouflage (chroma hair) 2013 5. Camouflage (chroma hand) 2013 6. Camouflage (chroma nip) 2013 7. Camouflage (eye closed) 2013 8. Camouflage (nose) 2013 9. Camouflage(chroma blue/red) 2013 10. Camouflage(chroma pink/red) 2013 11.Camouflage (chroma blue/yellow) 2013. In: Queensland Centre for Photography: Cherine Fahd Camouflage. Queensland Centre for Photography, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). 1. Fear of crossing the Westgate Bridge, Fear of making a fool of myself 2. Fear of people saying what I imagine them to be saying, Fear of humiliation 3. Fear of the future, fear of my own negativity 4. Fear of commitment, Fear of being addicted to porn 5. Fear of never having sex again, Fear of being boring 6. Fear of awkward goodbye hugs, Fear of dementia. In: Everyday Fear. Transit Gallery, The Substation: Centre for Art and Culture, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). 1. January 2011 2. February 2011 3. March 2011 4. April 2011 5. May 2011 6. June 2011 7. July 2011 8. August 2011 9. September 2011 10. October 2011 11. November 2011 12. December 2011. In: 365 Attempts to Meditate. Peloton, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). Ephemeral sculpture no. 1 with fan. In: Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize 2013. National Art School Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2013). Private Disclosures, Public Space. Contemphoto '13 Contemporary Photography Conference, Istanbul: Dakam Publishing (D/PB).

2012

  • Fahd, C. (2012). 1. Alicia from the series A Woman Runs 2. Ashley from the series A Woman Runs 3. Camouflage from the series A Woman Runs 4. Into the Invisible from the series A Woman Runs 5. Justine from the series A Woman Runs 6. Kate from the series A Woman Runs 7. Madeleine and Stephanie from the series A Woman Runs 8. Mel and Majka from the series A Woman Runs 9. Suzie from the series A Woman Runs. In: A Woman Runs. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2012). 1. TV Dinner. In: 2012 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fahd, C. (2012). 365 Attempts to Meditate. In: Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2012. Gold Coast City Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia.

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