Finally, some good news to report on. Asian Australian artist Jason Phu, has been awarded $80,000 from the Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists. The purpose of this commission is to support artists under 35 to create moving image works that are inspired by contemporary social, cultural or political issues with an original and creative flair to it all. This forms part of ACMI’s vibrant commissioning program that has seen 20 artists receive commissions worth more than $1 million over the past three years.
This $80,000 awarded to Phu is this particular Mordant Family Moving Image Commission grant, and its one which will last 3 years and fund 3 moving image artists. Now in its second year, Phu is the second recipient of this award. Here is a quote from Phu about how it feels to receive this award (via ACMI):
“I’m so grateful to have been selected as the recipient of the Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists. This generous commission will allow me to push the boundaries of my creative practice and reach new audiences. I want to create something that is genuinely useful but is also aware of its own representational fallacies and historical inaccuracies. I hope that people notice the highly personal nature of this work and feel inspired to make their own compendium of sayings to guide their own lives.”
And here is a little bio on Phu (via ACMI):
“Born in 1989 in Sydney, Australia, Jason lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Jason’s artworks explore Chinese histories in Australia, his own family history, and Chinese/Vietnamese folktales. Jason has shown in the Dobell Drawing Biennale (2018) at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray (2018) at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Primavera 2018: Young Australian Artists at the Museum of Contemporary Art and was commissioned by the Sydney Opera House for the 2019 Art Assembly Commission. This year he is showing in The Way We Eat at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and is an artist for the arts festival Rising, Melbourne. He is represented by Station Gallery (Melbourne) and Chalk Horse (Sydney).”
We wish him all the best!
Images via ACMI
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