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Saturday 27 February 6pm

Zanny Begg is a Sydney based artist and film maker who is interested in exploring the archeology of contested histories and the architecture of social change. She works with film, drawing and installation to explore ways in which we can live and be in the world differently: this has included working with macro-political themes, such as alte-globalization protests, and in micro-political worlds, such as with kids in prison.

How to Blow up a Bubble that Won’t Burst (2015) is a collaborative project with students at Narrabeen North Public School, home to the first Binishell in Sydney. It explores the architecture of the city from the perspective of the young people who will inherit is structures, landscapes and environmental legacies.


Zanny has a PhD in Art Theory with a focus the emergence of Socially Engaged Art practices between the 1999 protests against the World Trade Organisation Meeting in Seattle and the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. In 2014 she began teaching at UNSW Art and Design.

Zanny’s recent exhibitions include Little Baghdad, Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Fairfield, 2015, Utopia Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom, the Secession, Vienna, 2014 and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, 2015, The List, Cambelltown Arts Centre, 2014, Ok Video Festival, Jakarta, 2013, Things Fall Apart, Artspace Sydney, 2012, Social Networking, Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, 2012, the Berlin Biennial, 2012, eva International, Limerick Biennial of Visual Art, 2012, Sharjah Biennale, United Arab Emirates, 2011, What Keeps Mankind Alive, Istanbul Biennale, 2009 and the Taipei Biennial, 2008.

Her recent films include Doing Time (2014) How to Blow Up a Bubble That Won’t Burst (2015) and 1001 Nights in Fairfield (2015). Her films have screened at Antenna Documentary Film Festival (2015), FILMETS Babalona Film Festival, Barcelona (2014), Diagonale Film Festival Graz (2013), Ok Video Festival, Jakarta (2013), Artspace Sydney (2012) Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (2012) the Berlin Biennial (2012), eva International, Limerick Biennial of Visual Art (2012), Sharjah Biennale, United Arab Emirates (2011), Istanbul Biennale (2009) and the Taipei Biennial (2008).

Image: Zanny Begg How to Blow up a Bubble that Won’t Burst, still, 2015.


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