Joanne Saad

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Trying to define Joanne Saad (b.1969) under the many awkward art labels such as photographer, public artist, media artist, photomedia artist, photo artist, video artist, teacher, art educator, community cultural development (CCD) practitioner, commercial photographer, multi-media artist, community collaborator, and muralist is a familiar post-modernist pluralist territory. The struggle by theorist and critics to label Joanne’s practice within the boundaries of art dissolves, as she constructs a process of personnel and emotional engagements with various peoples. The key concern for Joanne in her processes is the issue of what remains from generation to generation.

To understand the generational residue, Joanne uses a multiple of art and cultural disciplines including aesthetics, cultural studies and visual culture. She uses these disciplines as tools to create new conversations between her and the social groups she needs to examine. Joanne mostly seeks their involvement as protagonists, rather than subjects in the creation of her work. This is where her innovations lie, in the actual conversation between these social groups.

The very act of social engagement implies a tried and tested approach. Over the last 20 years of artistic practice, Joanne has constructed new architecture with her social groups. In these many constructions are the complexity of different ideas, values and practises. Her behaviour in these engagements is democratic. She applies her democracy with a high level of empathy and equity.

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Born in Sydney, Australia she has been commissioned for several major public art works throughout Sydney and a recipient of awards and grants, including Projects with Public Outcome Community Partnerships Australia Council for the Arts 2011, Visual Arts New Work Australia Council for the Arts 2009, Winner Photographic Award Fishers Ghost Art Award 2008, Winner of the Art and About Sydney Life photographic competition 2006, Winner of Wollongong City Gallery Inaugural Portrait Prize in 2004, Arts NSW Western Sydney fellowship in 2003. She was a finalist in the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship in 2000 and 2007, Blake Art Prize in 2007 and Fishers Ghost Art Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.

EDUCATION

1988-1990

Bachelor Fine Arts I College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

1991-1993

Bachelor Art Education I College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012

I Want to Know What Love Is I Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

2010

Garage Days I Wollongong City Gallery

2007

A Show about Joe I Liverpool Regional Museum Sydney
DE-Lights of Cultural Transition I Fairfield Main Streets Sydney

2006

Remember My Name I Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Sydney

1998

Greeting from Southbeach I Wollongong City Gallery

GROUP EXHIBITIONS SELECTED

2015

Family Portraits BANKSTOWN: LIVE Urban Theatre Projects I Sydney Festival

2014

Uncovered; Hidden Pleasures of the Everyday I Blacktown Arts Centre

2012

Fishers Ghost Art Award I Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney
Generations I Wollongong City Gallery

2011

Highrise I Site specific video outdoor installation Auburn Central
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award I Gold Coast City Art Gallery Queensland

2010

Fishers Ghost Art Award I Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney
William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize I Monash Gallery of Art Melbourne

2009

Missing the Bus to David Jones I Performance Space and Campbelltown City Gallery Sydney
Make History Photographic Competition I Revel Gallery Milan Italy
Moran Photographic Prize Touring Exhibition

2008

Fishers Ghost Art Award I Campbelltown Arts Centre Sydney
Moran Photographic Prize I State Library of NSW Sydney
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award I Gold Coast City Art Gallery Queensland
Always in the Sun I Parramatta Artists Studio Sydney

2007

Fishers Ghost Art Award I Campbelltown City Gallery Sydney
Sydney Life- Art and About Festival I Hyde Park Sydney
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship I Artspace Sydney
Blake Prize I National Art School Gallery Sydney
City of Hobart Art Prize 07 I Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Hazelhurst Art Award I Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre Sydney
Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraits I Tweed River Art Gallery
Western Front- Histories, Memories and other Territories I Fairfield Gallery and Museum Sydney
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award I Gold Coast City Art Gallery Queensland

2006

Sydney Life Art and About Festival I Hyde Park Sydney
Fishers Ghost Art Award Prize I Campbelltown City Gallery Sydney
Shoot The Chef I Art Gallery of NSW Sydney
Wollongong City Gallery Portrait Prize I Wollongong City Gallery

2005

I Live Here…Stories of Cabramatta I Shop front Cabramatta l Fairfield Museum Sydney

2004

Wollongong City Gallery Portrait Prize I Wollongong City Gallery
Josephine Ulrick National Photography Prize I Tweed River Art Gallery

2002

Josephine Ulrick National Photography Prize I Tweed River Art Gallery

2001

East of Somewhere I Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Sydney
Arab Film Festival I Roxy Theatre Parramatta Sydney

2000

Local Knowledge I Wollongong City Art Gallery
Hellen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship I Art Space Sydney

1999

Messengers from the West I Art Space Sydney
Collections I Wollongong City Gallery
Messengers from the West I First Draft Sydney
Art Experimenta I Channel 31
Cars and Culture: Our Driving Passion I Powerhouse Museum Sydney
Arabmade I Casula Powerhouse Sydney
A Tapestry I Wollongong City Gallery l Bathurst Regional Gallery l Adelaide Festival Hall

AWARDS

2008

Winner Photographic Award Fishers Ghost Art Award
Winner Cultural Infrastructure for Public Art I Local Government Cultural Awards 08

2006

Winner Art and About Sydney Life photographic competition

2004

Inaugural Winner Wollongong City Gallery Portrait Prize

GRANTS

2011

Projects with Public Outcome I Community Partnerships Australia Council for the Arts

2010

Marketing Grant I Arts NAVA

2008

New Works Grant I Visual Arts Board Australia Council for the Arts

2003

Western Sydney Fellowship I NSW Arts

2000

[email protected] I CCDF Australia Council for the Arts

1999

Messengers from the West I NSW Arts and Auburn Community Development Network
A Tapestry Presentation & Promotion I NSW Arts and Illawarra Ethnic Communities Council

1994

A Tapestry I Visual Arts Funding NSW Arts and Australian Multicultural Fund

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2015

Potts Hill Seating I Marla Guppy and Associates

2013

Love Lane Blacktown City Laneway I Blacktown City Council

2011-2012

Mt Druitt Swimming Pool Centre Mosaic Mural I Blacktown City Council

2011

Fred Kelly Place Five Dock I Canada Bay Council

2010

Yagoona Town Centre Glass Panel Fence I Bankstown City Council Sydney

2008

Lisbon Street Park Redevelopment of Parks Program I Fairfield City Council Sydney

2007-2008

Contemporary Greenacre I Greenacre Town Centre Bankstown City Council Sydney

2007

Our Dream Warwick Farm I Liverpool City Council Sydney

2025-2006

Faces of Bankstown I Bankstown City Council Sydney

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

2015

Afghans In Auburn I Auburn Community Development Network

2010

Crosscurrents I Bankstown City Council and Water for Life Sydney

2007

Bankstown Now I Bankstown PCYC Sydney

2005

The Garment I Auburn Community Development Network Sydney
Cabramatta Identity Project I Fairfield City Council Sydney

2004

Grandfriends I Powerhouse Museum Sydney
United We Stand I Multicultural Health Unit Liverpool Hospital Sydney

2003

We are now in Australia I Liverpool Sydney

2000

[email protected] I Wollongong Youth Centre and Illawarra Performing Arts Centre

1999

PCYC National Youth Forum I Sydney
Messengers from the West I Auburn Community Development Network Sydney

1997

MAG-Girls with Attitude I Migrant Resource Centre Wollongong

RESIDENCIES

2008

Theatre Kantanka Missing the Bus to David Jones I Arts Lab Performance Space and Campbelltown City Gallery

1997

Greetings from Southbeach I Wollongong City Gallery

COLLECTIONS

 

Powerhouse Museum
Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre
Wollongong City Gallery
Kawasaki International Centre
Private