30 MAY - 1 JULY, 2022
TINA STEFANOU is an Australian-Greek artist based on unceded Wurundjeri country in Wattle Glen, Victoria. With a background as a vocalist, she works undisciplined, with and across a diverse range of mediums, practices, approaches and labours: an embodied practice that she calls voice in the expanded field. As a means to seek more inclusive ways of making and to frame tangled relationships, she engages in multispecies performance with a family of local others, friends not-yet-made, and poet(h)ic meetings of matter. Informed by diasporic experiences, Stefanou engages in sound as social practice and explores with and beyond the all-too-human and more-than-human voice.
She has an ongoing relationship with a herd of elderly horses with whom she co-creates performative encounters with and is especially interested in creating alternate forms of performance and exhibition, outside of human-dominated environments. Working with her grandmother, she creates living memorials to bring grief and elderhood into skilfulness, as both personal and political praxis. The artist is exploring the forces and flows that uphold and reproduce where and for whom art and welfare is experienced—exploring multi-scalar relations from big picture activism (planetary commons) to local situated socio-economic realities of the (extra)ordinary .
Stefanou has won an Australian Art Music Award for Excellence in Experimental Music with The Music Box Project (2020); Schenberg Arts Fellowship Recipient (2020); Marten Bequest Scholarship (2021); City of Melbourne Arts Grant (2022), International Art Space Residency (2022) and is a finalist in the 67th Blake Prize. She is undertaking a two-year mentorship with Romanian performance artist Alexandra Pirici and is performer, composer and co-art director in The Music Box Project and The Opera Company.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne.