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Register for Virtual Artist Residency 2021, Symposium 

RMIT Curatorial Collective (RCC) initiates the 2021 Virtual Artist Residency Program to support RMIT current students, alumni, and international artists whose practices have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Why is artistic creation important? How do RMIT students produce art and creativity in challenging and isolated situations? Based on RCC's successful workshops and symposiums in the past three years, the collective believes the innovative methods adopted by artists and curators have no forms and boundaries. Creative/curatorial dialogues often stimulate human thoughts and long-term connections between people. 

Guest Speakers

Zeyno Pekünlü (b. 1980, Izmir) obtained her M.A. from University of Barcelona, her Ph.D. from Mimar Sinan University. She is based in Istanbul and currently running the Work and Research Program of the Istanbul Biennial (ÇAP) for young artists and researchers. She is part of the editorial board of e-journal Red Thread and member of IRI (Institute of Radical Imagination). 


Scanning a range of issues, from the construction of maleness and femaleness as gender roles to questioning knowledge and it’s distribution, her works aims to decipher “power” that encompasses the intimate and the social simultaneously. Her important shows include; 2020Artists in Quarantine, The museum confederation L’Internationale, 2016-2017 Institute for New Feeling, Artist Film International/White Chappel Gallery/Hammer Museum/MAAT/Istanbul Modern Museum, 2016 Zeyno Pekünlü, SALT Ulus, 2015 Istanbul: Passion, Joy, Fury, MAXXI Museum/ Salt Water, 14th Istanbul Biennial/ Neither Back Nor Forward: Acting in the Present, Jakarta Biennale/ Every Inclusion is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities, SALT Beyoglu/ Sights and Sounds: Turkey, Jewish Museum, New York.

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Miss Elephant works with natural elements, such as sunlight, wind, water, sound and plants, along with Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, photography, as well as contemporary installation and participatory art. Her projects address contemporary issues of concern, such as abortion, elderly poverty and speech taboos, etc. She is also dedicated to facilitating the passing on of the heritage of the traditional Chinese calligraphy and seal engraving and pushing forward their development into the future.

In the past decade, she conducted 10 solo exhibitions on sustainability art, calligraphy and seal, mixed-media installation and participatory art. She was also invited to join over 30 exhibitions on traditional Chinese calligraphy, seal engraving, photography and various contemporary art forms in Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Macau, and Taiwan, etc.

In 2016, she founded Artists Co-op, a non-profit art organsiation, dedicated to supporting artists in their creative endeavour and furthering art development. She has studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of California Santa Cruz, Scuola Dante Alighieri, International Centre for Photography (ICP) and RMIT, etc.

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