Artist-in-residence – Hayley Millar-Baker – announced for 2020

Monash University is proud to announce Gunditjmara artist Hayley Millar-Baker has been selected to be artist-in-residence at the Monash University Prato Centre in 2020.

Located in the heart of Tuscany, Italy, the Centre is the European base for Monash University, and facilitates a variety of education programs and research collaborations. For Australian artists, the residency program is an opportunity to sustain and deepen their practice and research, free from the distractions and duties of daily life.

Millar-Baker was selected from a wealth of competitive applications received via a public call earlier this year. She will be the twelfth artist to take up residence, following a number of high-profile Australian artists, including Jon Campbell, Maree Clarke, Laresa Kosloff, and David Rosetzky.

For Millar-Baker, the connection to Italy is a personal one.

“A portion of my late grandfather’s photographic archives was shot throughout Italy during his RAAF travels. My works weave together images from his, and other historical and family archives, and through an extensive and complex process of recontextualization, these images are repositioned and given a new life in reimagined scenes.”

The residency won’t be the artist’s first connection with Monash University. In 2018, “Unsettlement” at the Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA) presented a series of photographic assemblages mapping her family history and connection to Gunditjmara country in South-West Victoria and other sites of significance across five generations. These, along with other recent works, chart historical trauma and displacement in the wake of colonisation, but also celebrate familial bonds, connection to country and the persistence of cultural practices, knowledge and values.

In 2020, the artist’s works will be on exhibition in various galleries across Australia, as well as in the inaugural PHOTO 2020 festival at the State Library of Victoria in April / May.

They’ll also be exhibited in Prato, Italy, at the conclusion of the residency, accompanied by a series of artist talks by Millar-Baker in Italy and back home in Melbourne.

“These talks will allow me to connect with community and local audiences, and will be a platform for me to share my research, and the stories and histories that have informed my work and current practice.”

Hayley Millar-Baker lives and works in Melbourne, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting) and Master of Fine Art from RMIT University, and a Master of Teaching (Visual Arts) from The University of Melbourne.

The artist-in-residence program is offered in collaboration between the Monash University Prato Centre and the faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. Details and a public call for the 2021 program will be available online soon.

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