WIP (my mother’s gaze) 2020

‘Here are some images that I took of my mum at the start of the year for a larger work that I was hoping to do for my solo exhibition at Sarah Scout Presents. The show has been postponed and I haven’t done anything with them. I placed them together to resemble a contact sheet to reference this idea of them being in this state that is yet to be realised. They were taken with an old stereoscopic camera. I had planned to only use her eyes – to crop in on the eyes.’

- Sanja Pahoki (October, 2020)

SANJA PAHOKI completed a PhD at Monash University in 2018. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Philosophy) from the University of Melbourne, and completed a BFA (Honours) in 2000 and an MFA in 2006 both at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Melbourne. Her work has been widely exhibited nationally including at Heide Museum of Art, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney and Queensland University of Technology and internationally in Tokyo, Shanghai, Vienna, Berlin, Paris and Rotterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include: Being Kazimir Malevich, Monash University, Melbourne (2018); Neon Piss, Superdeals, Brussels (2017); Floorwork, 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney (2017); Pissing, TCB Inc, Melbourne (2017); Groundwork, Dudspace, Melbourne (2014), among others.

Pahoki was a committee member of Kings Artist Run Initiative (2004–2007) and a studio artist at Gertrude Contemporary Artist Space (2007–2009), and is currently an Artistic Director Associate of Blindside Gallery, Melbourne. she has undertaken numerous residencies including at Superdeals, Brussels (2017), in Reykjavik, Iceland (in 2008 and 2012) and in Helsinki (2010). Pahoki is currently Head of Photography at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.