Stanislava Pinchuk is the recipient of the inaugural $80,000 Mordant Family Moving Image Commission for young Australian artists. A partnership with the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), this new commissioning series will provide artists under 35 the opportunity to realise an ambitious work which deepens and extends their practice.
A Ukrainian-born and Melbourne-based visual artist, Pinchuk—also known as Miso—works across drawing, installation, photography and tattoo. She often works with data, mapping the changing topographies of war and conflict zones. Pinchuk’s proposed work, Self-Preservation, is an ambitious and timely multi-channel installation examining women’s beauty salons across war and conflict zones around the world. The work will explore the spaces in which women work to maintain daily life and connection in times of great violence, suffering and uncertainty.
Reflecting on the commission, Pinchuk says: “To call it an honour is to almost downplay how overwhelming it is to make this work real. It has been a dream brewing for a long time.”
Building on the success of ACMI’s existing commissioning programs, the new series of commissions will resource young artists to undertake research, collaborate with experienced mentors and engage professional technicians or performers. ACMI will provide curatorial and production support to each successful project. The commission supports projects that reference contemporary social, cultural or political issues with energy and originality and is open to artists working across a range of formats including film, video, interactive installation and mixed reality.