|Name|| Julie Rrap
|Current Role(s)|| Lecturer
Julie Rrap has been a major figure in Australian contemporary art for over 25 years. Since the mid-1970s, she has worked with photography, painting, sculpture, performance and video in an ongoing project concerned with representations of the body.
Her work has been selected for numerous international and national exhibitions, including the 1986, 1987, 1992 and 2008 Sydney Biennales, and more recently the 2007 Auckland Triennale, the 2009 Clemenger Contemporary Art Prize, NGV, Melbourne and in 2010, the Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, Korea.
She has won the Hermann's Art Award for her photograph 'Overstepping' in 2001, the Redlands Art prize for a combined sculpture and photographic work in 2008 and the University of Queensland National Artists’ Self-Portrait Prize for her video work, '360 Degree Self-Portrait', in 2009.
In 2007, a publication and 25-year survey exhibition, 'Body Double', was curated at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney by Victoria Lynn.
Rrap's works are held in every major public collection in Australia as well as in many corporate and private collections in Australia and overseas. She currently exhibits with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney and Arc 1 Gallery, Melbourne.
A central focus in Rrap's research has been the human body and its representations, with a particular emphasis on the female body within western art history. Over a 30-year period this interest has been explored through a variety of media that challenge the conventions of content and of form. Photography has been a particular focus because as a medium it bridges fine art and popular imagery, allowing the artwork to dialogue with broader concerns about the body. The use of digital techniques has allowed the exploration of the surrealism of the image in a world gone surreal with medical interventions into the body.
Rrap has utilised numerous media, including sculpture, painting, drawing and video, often combined as installations. A pivotal work, 'Body Double' (2007), combined silicon body casts, projected video, sound and interactive elements and created an immersive environment for the viewer. The audience has always played a central role in Rrap's investigations of the body, allowing 'their' bodies to become entangled in these representational questionings.
Body Double (Survey 1982–2007) MCA, Sydney, July 2007–January 2008
The Trickster Gyeonggi Museum of Art, Korea, September 2010
Auckland Triennale Auckland Museum, Auckland, NZ, February–June 2007
Sydney Biennale MCA, Sydney, May–August 2008
Body AGNSW, Sydney, 1997
Photography is Dead! Long Live Photography MCA, Sydney, 1996
Snare (Survey) ACCA, Melbourne, 1995
The Australian Show Frankfurter Kunstverein, Germany, 1988
Sydney Biennale The Bond Store, Sydney, 1992
Systems End Hakone Open Air Gallery, Japan, 1996
12 Australian Photo Artists, Piper Press, 2009
Body Double, Piper Press, 2007
Julie Rrap, Piper Press, 1998
Bill Viola, Art and Text, 1994
Gabriel Orozco, Art and Text, 1994
Ricardo Brey, Art and Text, 1993
Awards & Grants
University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, National Artists' Self-Portrait Prize Professional Memberships, 2009
Redlands Art Prize, Mosman Gallery, 2008
Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts, 2007
Fellowship Grant, Australia Council for the Arts, 2002
Hermans Art Award, 2001
Project Grant, Australia Council for the Arts, 1999
Cite des Arts, Paris and AGNSW Studio, 1997
Multi-Year Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts, 1995
Fellowship Grant, Australia Council for the Arts, 1989
Cité des Arts, Paris and Power Institute, University of Sydney, 1986
Museum of Contemporary Art