Ms Cherine Fahd
BFA(Hons) MFA (UNSW)
N01P - Sydney College Of The Arts - Rozelle - (Kirkbride)
The University of Sydney
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Cherine Fahd's work has been exhibited extensively in Australia and internationally and is represented in major public collections such as the Art Gallery of New South Wales, National Gallery of Victoria, National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, University of QLD Museum, University of Wollongong Collection, Monash Gallery of Art, Gold Coast City Gallery, Albury City Gallery & Casula Powerhouse Art Centre. She is the recipient of numerous New Work grants from the Australia Council for the Arts along with art awards and residencies such as the NSW Women & Arts Fellowship from Arts NSW, the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation for the Arts Photography Award, the National Photography Prize and the Moya Dyring Studio from the AGNSW. Fahd is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, Melbourne and Lecturer in Photomedia at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney.
Cherine Fahd works with photography as a documentation tool. 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.
In recent years Fahd's work has concentrated on self-portraiture by presenting the self through spontaneous performative actions that seek to paradoxically present and conceal the self from view. Interested in the impossibility of self-representation Fahd aims to present self-portraiture not as autobiography but rather as a strange, absurd and ridiculous quest. Through tactics such as hiding, camouflage and subterfuge Fahd stages highly controlled scenarios that are yet still open to the accidental, spontaneous experiments and impulse.
In her spontaneous performances for the camera Fahd responds to everyday life as a springboard for making things. She utilises the ‘surrealist’ love of chance and play to take up unexpected creative opportunities; her studio practice is located in her family home and the domestic provides unpredictable occasions, props and unanticipated mise en scenes to intervene into and photograph.
Teaching and supervision
Anna McMahon, MFA
George Shaw, MFA
Cherine is developing photographic works which stem from in-depth investigation into self-portraiture. From this work she hopes to generate new insight for her current PhD research. She is also working on a cross-faculty research project called Power of Self-presentation with the Faculty of Education and Social Work.
National Association for the Visual Arts
Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Awards and honours
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
Australia Council for the Arts, Visual Arts and Craft Fund, New Work Grant, 2002
Selected publications & creative works