In Conversation > Vittoria Di Stefano x Sophie Knezic



In Conversation > Vittoria Di Stefano x Sophie Knezic
IMAGE > Portrait of Vittoria Di Stefano. Courtesy of the artist.

Join us for a relaxed conversation between Juncture Art Prize inaugural winner Vittoria Di Stefano and writer, scholar and visual artist Dr Sophie Knezic, as they discuss Di Stefano's new body of work, Pears on a Willow, in relation to the poetics of domestic spaces and their embedded histories

WHEN > Saturday 29 June 2024
TIME > 1PM to 2PM
VENUE > Linden New Art, 26 Acland Street, St Kilda
COST > Free, All Welcome


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ABOUT VITTORIA DI STEFANO
Vittoria Di Stefano is one of the two inaugural winners of Linden’s JUNCTURE Art Prize to support radical thinking, conversations, and change, for both the artist and audience.

Di Stefano’s sculptural installation practice employs a methodology of generative material experimentation to explore themes around liminality, transformation and desire, with a particular emphasis on domestic space and intimate materiality. Through the employment of a diverse material palette, and often using modernist art, design or film as points of departure, the artist employs a feminist critique to investigate and challenge historical power structures and notions of value. The psychological and affective impacts of the material encounter are explored through a range of experiments in a variety of display contexts, offering new ways of contemplating and experiencing material realities.

Di Stefano completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at RMIT University in 2012. She was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University in 2022. Selected solo shows have been held at Gertrude Contemporary (2022), Bus Projects (2019), c3 Art Space (2018), Benalla Art Gallery (2017) and West Space (2016). She has been curated into group exhibitions at venues such as Bundoora Homestead (2019), Bayside Gallery (2019), Town Hall Gallery (2017) and Notfair art fair (2017). She holds the position of Lecturer at RMIT, where she currently lectures in Art History & Theory and in Sculptural Practice.





ABOUT DR SOPHIE KNEZIC

Sophie Knezic is a writer, scholar and visual artist who works between practice and theory. Her PhD research was an in-depth investigation of the aesthetics and metaphysics of transparency. Her current research focuses on moving image and sound art, and humour in contemporary art. Sophie's inter-disciplinary research is conducted across art history, visual culture, literary fiction and science fiction, with a particular focus on art theory and Continental philosophy. Her studio-based practice explores durational processes, the sensual attributes of matter, utopian constructs and temporality.

Over the past 18 years Sophie has participated in numerous exhibitions in artist-run spaces, commercial galleries and public venues across Melbourne and has held solo shows at Linden Contemporary Art Centre, Blindside, Kings ARI, Area Contemporary Art Space and Charles Nodrum Gallery. She has undertaken international studio residencies in Spain (2009), Japan (2002) and France (2001) and has received several awards including grants from Arts Victoria (2003), the City of Melbourne (2005 and 2008), the Ian Potter Cultural Trust (2001) as well as an Australian Postgraduate Award (2009) to undertake her PhD. Her work is held in the collections of the Waverley Woollahra Arts Centre, Sydney and KAIR, Kamiyama, Japan.

Sophie's critical writing on contemporary art, literature and design has been published in FriezeBroadsheet JournalEvental Aesthetics: An Independent Journal of PhilosophyInvisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual CultureArt Monthly AustralasiaAustralian Book ReviewUn Magazine, Artlink and Object Magazine. Sophie is currently a Lecturer (Sessional) in Critical and Theoretical Studies, VCA and MCM, University of Melbourne.