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Keg de Souza is an inter-disciplinary visual artist who lives in Sydney and works across many mediums such as video, artist's books, printmaking, inflatable architecture, dialogical projects, installation, text and drawing. One of the key themes in her work is an investigation of spatial politics, influenced by her formal educational background in architecture and informal squatting one- focusing not only on the built environment, but the social space inhabited within. She has conducted a number of residencies and ambitious projects exploring various communities including her own Sydney neighbourhood, Redfern. She has worked in many collaborative artistic projects and groups including SquatSpace artist collective, You Are Here, the Network of Un-Collectable Artists and the Rizzeria printmaking collective. For over ten years she has been self-publishing her own hand bound books and zines featuring; her illustrations, puns and other wry humour and writing, under the name All Thumbs Press.

 

 
Keg de Souza CV
Education
& Training
2006                  Certificate in Bookbinding and Restoration; TAFE, Sydney
2004                  BFA in Time-Based Art (Distinction); COFA, UNSW
2001                  B. Architecture; (exchange) University of Arizona, USA
2000                  B. Environmental Design (Architecture); UWA    
 
 

Selected Solo Exhibitions and Projects
2013
Vertical Villages (with ruangrupa Artlab), 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney
2012              
Gonflables et amuse-bouches, Darling Foundry, Montréal, Canada
Living Under The Stars, Commission for Urban Art Projects, Brisbane
When You Hear This Sound, 55 Sydenham Rd, Sydney
Rosen-tales;
Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, USA
2011                 
Perambulators; Artist map: Commission for Performance Space, Sydney
Ramble Through The Rocks, Offsite: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2010                  
Emeraldtown: Gary, Indiana,
(You Are Here) Artspace, Sydney
ReMake Estate (You Are Here); Abandoned house and lot, Gary, Indiana, USA
You Are Here, Mess Hall, Chicago
Whatever Floats Your Boat, Cockatoo Island Studios to Balmain, Sydney Harbour
SquatFest - the Anti-TropFest Film Fest (SquatSpace); Annually since 2001, Various squatted venues, Sydney
2009                 
Redfern-Waterloo Tour of Beauty
(SquatSpace); Multiple tours since 2005, Various sites, Sydney
Last Drinks; FraserStudios, Sydney
2008                 
Schmigloo;
Artrage & Northbridge Festivals; Various Venues, Perth
Cities Without Maps – Kota Tanpa Peta (You Are Here); Ratmakan Kampung, Kali Code and Mes56, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

 
 

Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects
2014
Mud Maps, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney
2013
15th Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia
Keg de Souza presents Weird Science Artbar (Guest artist curator), Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
5th Auckland Triennial: If you were to live here…
Curated by Hou Hanru; Auckland, NZ
Designated Drivers, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA
Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, Tasmania
Nuit Blanche Festival, Metz, France
2012
Les HTMlles 10: Affaires A Risques, Studio XX, Montréal, Canada
Cosmology, The Edge Digital Culture Centre, Brisbane
Jon Rose’s Sound Circus,
Tour various locations, Outback NSW
Social Networking, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane
Art With Altitude Festival, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane
Sonic Protest Festival
, Paris, France
Kontact Sonores, Chalon sur Saône, France
Impetus Festival, Belfort, France
LÜFTEN, Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2011                 
Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
City Stories and Global Cities, CasaAsia, Barcelona, Spain
TodaysArt Festival, Den Haag, The Netherlands and Brussels, Belgium
Trama, Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves, Porto, Portugal 
HouseWork
, Performance Space, Sydney
Designated Drivers, The Block Museum of Contemporary Art, Evanston, Illinois, USA
The Right To The City (SquatSpace), Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
2010                 
A.R.P.
Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship Exhibition,
Artspace, Sydney
RESPECT,
Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney
Local Brew,
(You Are Here) Open Fields Conference, Serial Space, Sydney
2009                 
Freedman Foundation Scholarship Exhibition,
COFASpace, Sydney
There Goes The Neighbourhood (You Are Here), Performance Space, Sydney
The Block, Rautenstruch-Joest-Museum, Cologne, Germany (permanent exhibition)
Terra Nullius: Contemporary Art from Australia, (SquatSpace) ACC, Weimar and Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany
2008                 
Schmigloo,
Artrage Festival & Northbridge Festivals; Various Venues, Perth
LiveWorks (with Louise Curham), Performance Space, Sydney 
Concrete Culture (SquatSpace), Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney.
Esky, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
2007                  
Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship exhibition, Artspace, Sydney
Keep Going (SquatSpace), Hazelhurst Gallery, Sydney
The Private Lives of Ups and Downs, Kudos Gallery, Sydney
Freedman Foundation Scholarship Exhibition, COFASpace, Sydney
2016: An Archive Project, Mori Gallery, Sydney
Redfern Mapping Project (SquatSpace), Mori Gallery, Sydney
2006                 
Multiplicity: Prints and Multiples (NUCA); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

 
 

Residencies, Grants and Awards
2014      
Delphina Foundation Residency, London (upcoming)
ATLAS Arts Residency, Isle of Skye, Scotland (upcoming)
Asialink Residency, KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (upcoming)
2013
Creative Australia Fellowship, Australia Council for the Arts
Vertical Villages Residency (with ruangrupa Artlab), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
'the churchie' Emerging Art Prize - Finalist
John Fries Memorial Art Prize - Finalist
2012
Australian Artist’s Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
Darling Foundry Residency, Montréal, Canada
Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant
Artist's Book Residency, Women's Studio Workshop, Rosendale, New York, USA
2011                 
Quick Response Project Grant, ArtsNSW
Janet Holmes a Court Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
Hopscotch Touring Initiative, Australia Council for the Arts
Australia-Indonesia Institute Residency (You Are Here), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Inter-Arts Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
The Paper Mill Residency (Rizzeria), Sydney
2010                 
Artspace Studio Residency (You Are Here), Sydney
Chicago Residency (You Are Here), Australia Council for the Arts
Campbelltown Arts Centre Residency (SquatSpace), Campbelltown
FLAG Residency, Bundanon Artists Trust
2009                 
Cockatoo Island Studio Residency, Sydney
Frasers Studio Residency, Sydney
Inter-Arts Grant (You Are Here), Australia Council for the Arts
2008          
Asialink Residency (You Are Here); Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Performance Space Residency (You Are Here), Redfern                 
RUN_WAY Grant, Australia Council for the Arts to work with Contra Filé, Sao Paulo, Brazil
City of Sydney Community Grants Scheme
Social Activism and the Arts, JBSeed Fund
2007    
Freedman Foundation Travelling Art Scholarship
Kickstart, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
2006                 
Community and Cultural Development Grant, City of Sydney
Skills and Arts Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Marketing Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts

 
 

Publications/ Artist’s Books / Zines
2014
Waiting for Gado, Anecdotes and snippets from Jakarta, Handbound stencil press
printed zine, Edition of 100
Ayahuasca-ing to go to Ecuador, Then I did, Anecdotes and snippets from Ecuador, Handbound stencil press
printed zine, Edition of 100
Life's Pretty Straight Without Twistees,
Anecdotes and snippets from Ecuador, Handbound stencil press
printed zine, Edition of 100
2013
Gonflables et amuse-bouches,
Publication exploring food and it’s intersections with art, architecture, radical spaces and radical organising; Stencil press, rubber stamp and digital print, Edition of 160
A Hot Cup of Coughy, Anecdotes and snippets from Montréal, Handbound stencil press
printed zine, Edition of 100
2012
Good Bad, Anecdotes and snippets from North America, Handbound stencil press printed zine, Edition of 100
When You Here This Sound, Silkscreen, Gold stamped, Drum leaf bind, Hand bound Artist's Book, Edition of 50, published by Women's Studio Workshop, NY
Ghosts of Indonesia, Glow In The Dark, Silkscreen, Hand bound, Artist's Book, Edition of 50.  
Look Like An Egyptian, Anecdotes and snippets from Egypt, Morrocco and Europe, Handbound stencil press printed zine, Edition of 129
2011                 
Hati-Hati, Anecdotes and snippets from Indonesia, Handbound stencil press printed zine, Edition of 100
Honesty Is Still In Style, Anecdotes and snippets from USA, Mexico and Canada Handbound stencil press printed zine, Edition of 125
2010                 
This is Brazil, Handbound Stencil Press Zine, edition of 150.
Flat Things In 3D, Stencil Press Printed, handbound Books, Edition of 50.
Local Brew (You Are Here), Stencil press printed, Edition of 200
2009
Overheard in New Zealand; Stencil press zine, edition of 200.
Hello Mister. I love you; Stencil press zine, edition of 200.
There Goes The Neighbourhood (You Are Here) Reader for exhibition of same name, Edition of 500.
2008
MCA Zine Fair Zine; Commission for Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Edition of 500.
Cities Without Maps - Kota Tanpa Peta, (You Are Here) Publication with video project of same name, edition of 500.
2007 
Culture and Other Shocks; Puns and musings with illustrations, hand bound zine, edition of 200.
Pardon The Pun; Puns, wordplay and illustrations, gold blocked, hand bound, hard cover book, edition of 40
You Say Geneva, I say Genova; Anecdotes and snippets from Europe and China, offset printed, hand bound book, edition of 145
2006
Puns, Guns and Fortunes; Word play & illustrations, hand bound zine edition of 50
(white) magic is the new black; glow-in-the-dark screen-printed, hand bound book,
edition of 100
You Say Tomato, I Say Tomato; text, illustrations, hand bound book, edition of 50
Do The Right Thing; Word play on the theme trash, hand-bound accordion book
2005                  
Shelve That Idea
; Snippets from a bookstore, hand-sewn zine
What’s The Story? Edition of 50 hand-bound hardcover books with CD soundtrack
2004                 
The Cat’s Meow; Zine of cat puns
2003                  
Reaow Reaow; Illustrated Story Zine
2002                  
A Bedtime Zine; Flipbook animation
Reaow; text with Sound effects CD soundtrack, handmade book, edition of 65
Toast of the town; Toast Puns Zine
2001
There’s Nothing Greater Than a Grater; Hand-Embroidered Zine

 
 

Other Projects
2013
Weird Science Artbar, Guest artist curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
2009                 
There Goes The Neighbourhood, (You Are Here), Performance Space, Redfern. Participating artists: Brenda L Croft (Australia), 16beaver (USA), Daniel Boyd (Australia), Temporary Services (USA), Lisa Kelly (Australia) SquatSpace (Australia), Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro (Germany/Australia), Evil Brothers (Australia), Michael Rakowitz (USA), You Are Here (Australia) Bijari (Brazil), Jakob Jakobson (Denmark), Miklos Erhadt and Little Warsaw (Hungary) and a re-enactment of Allan Kaprow's Push and Pull: A Furniture Comedy for Hans Hofmann (www.theregoestheneighbourhood.org)
2008                 
Esky: Video Program
, Short film program featuring Australian video artists, Next Wave Festival, Melbourne.
2007                  
If You See Something, Say Something, (You Are Here) a multi-venue exhibition, publishing and workshop project, Artists: Oliver Ressler (Austria), Dmitry Vilenksy (Russia), Taring Padi (Indonesia), Contra File (Brazil), Grupo Etcetera (Argentina), Richard DeDomenici (UK), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Arlene Texta Queen, Daniel Boyd, David Griggs, pvi collective and Squatspace (Australia) at Mori Gallery, Gallery 4a, Chrissie Cotter Gallery and a temporary squatted venue.
2006                 
NUCA Shipping Container Project
; Next Wave Festival, Melbourne
2004                 
Establishment of NUCA: The Network of Un-Collectable Artists
and production of Australia’s 50 Most Un-Collectable Artists Bubble-gum Collector Cards; Next Wave Festival, Melbourne

 
 

Reviews, Articles and Interviews
Forrest, N. Ten Australian Artists To Watch in 2014, Blouin Art Info, 8 January 2014
Mackrell, F. Fellow Focus: Keg de Souza, Artery, Australia Council for The Arts, January 2014
Priest, G. In Profile: Keg de Souza, RealTime Arts, October 2013
DFAT, Vertical Villages: The domestic lives of Sydney’s international students expressed as art, October 2013
Das Platforms Video Interview for Vertical Villages, November 2013
Hanfling, E. The brave new world of old ideals and multi-originated multi-centres, Art New Zealand, August 2013
Auckland Art Gallery Video Interview for 5th Auckland Triennial, May 2013
McDonald, J. Life on The Edge, Sydney Morning Herald, May 25-26 2013
Cooke, D, Artists told to take the money and let creativity run, Sydney Morning Herald, May 16 2013
Bersen, A. Montrealers Cook Up New Ideas at Darling Foundry; Canadian Art, Jan 15 2013
Peach, R. Art & Games: A Killer Combination, RealTime Issue 111, Oct/Nov 2012
Oliver, M. You Are Here and somewhere else, Column 8, Artspace, 2011
Tubbs, M. Emeraldtown: Gary, Indiana, Eyeline, Issue 74, 2011
Tucker, D. Summer Harvest, H-Art Magazine, Fall 2010
Seidel, J. House Becomes Canvas, Chicago Post Tribune, July 17 2010
Pitt, H. Tale of Convict and His Lover Inspire Artist, Sydney Morning Herald, September 29 2010
Keehan, R. There Goes The Neighbourhood, Eyeline, Issue 70, 2010
Fuller, R. Interview with Keg de Souza, Concrete Playground, 2011
Pemulwuy Dream Team, Featured Artists on Australia Council for the Arts Website
Mulheron, A. Feature on Pemulwuy Dream Team on Living Black, SBS TV, September 14 2009
Millner, J. Politics And Art: Direct Engagement, Realtime Issue 92, August/ September 2009
Groom, A. There Goes The Neighbourhood exhibition review, Runway Magazine, Futures Issue, June 2009
Murray, E. Kids on The Block take on criminals, Sydney Morning Herald, 25 May 2009
Carroli, L. Boom! shake-shake-shake the room... Urbanista, Arts Hub, March 2009
Newitt, Reg. Asialink-lings, Art Monthly Art Notes, Issue 214, October 2008
Barr, P. Welcome to the Schmigloo, Uliko online magazine; Issue 1, October 2008
Ewing, A. Mapping The Neighbourhood, Art Monthly, Issue 212, August 2008
Petsinis, C. Esky, Architecture Victoria, August 2008, Cover
Sturrock, W. Tour of Beauty, 2008 Biennale of Sydney website, June 2008
Dean, B. Seeing What Needs to Be Seen, Realtime Issue 78 April-May 2007
Hand, J. Squatter Writes, Sydney Morning Herald, February 16 2007
Radok, R. Gleaning Relational Aesthetics, Artlink Magazine, Vol 25 no 3, 2006
Begg, Z. Crowded In: The Multitude Makes A Comeback, Disobedience, Centre For Contemporary Art and Politics, UNSW, 2005
Barkley, G, Multiplicity, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006
Johns, K. Covert Corporations  and Organised Art Article, un.Magazine, iss 7, 2006
Catherine Freyne, Collecting the Uncollectable – The Network of Uncollectable Artists, The deep End, ABC Radio, June 3, 2004
Ihlein, L, An unRealEstate Guide To Finding Your Own Gallery, Photofile, 70, Summer 2004
Vincent, E; Essay: Tour of Beauty, Meanjin, vol. 65, no. 2, 2006

 
 

Contact:
kegdesouza[at]gmail.com

 
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