Born 1989, Townsville of Bundjulung/Ngapuhi territories
Amrita Hepi is an award winning artist working with dance and choreography through video, the social function of performance spaces, installation and objects. Using hybridity and the extension of choreographic or performative practices, Amrita creates work that considers the body’s relationship to personal histories and the archive. Amrita’s work has taken various forms (film, performance, sculpture, text, lecture, participatory installation), but always begins with the body as a point of memory and resistance.
Amrita considers the black and brown female body as archive – distinct from, and in opposition to prior views of the archive as a documentary, deposit or bureaucratic agency. In Amrita’s documented moments, the archive is never static, but rather dynamic and innovative.
Amrita is a Gertrude Contemporary artist in residence (2020 – present) and is currently working with Kaldor projects/Serpentine UK as a participating DOit artist. Recent commissions include: Sydney Opera House, The Anguilla Pursuit (2022), Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Neighbour (2020), and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, ~ CASS ~ (2020). In 2019 Amrita was a commissioned artist for The National: New Australian art 2019 and the recipient of the dance web scholarship to be mentored by Anne Juren, Mette Ingvarsten and Annie Dorsen. In 2018 and again in 2020 she was the recipient of the People’s Choice award for the Keir Choreographic Award and was named in Forbes Asia 30 under 30. Amrita trained at NAISDA and Alvin Ailey NYC.
Amrita Hepi’s work has been presented and performed in museums, galleries and festivals, including, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Carriageworks, Sydney; Sydney Opera House; Immigration Museum, Melbourne; 4A, Sydney; The Menil Collection, Houston; Art Central, Hong Kong; Dark MOFO, Tasmania; Theatre Challoit, Paris; Tanz Im August, Berlin; Womadelaide, Adelaide; Australian Centre for Contemporary with Next Wave Festival for Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts.
Straight torque, twin series
19th August – 23rd September 2023
Anna Schwartz Gallery
Angelica Mesiti, Amrita Hepi
10th March – 18th June 2023
The National Portrait Gallery
How I See It: Blak Art and Film
16th December 2022 – 19th February 2023
Australian Centre for the Moving Image
Primavera 2022: Young Australian Artists
4th November 2022 – 12th February 2023
Museum of Contemporary Art
20th February – 24th April 2022
Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts
5th – 21st November 2021
6th February – 28th March 2021
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