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Keg de Souza is an Australian artist working with mediums such as inflatable architecture, mapping and dialogical projects to explore the politics of space.  This investigation of social and spatial environments is influenced by her formal training in architecture and experiences of radical spaces through squatting and organising. She creates pedagogical projects to foster new relationships and create site and situation specific projects with communities, emphasising participation and reciprocity. Keg is a member of various collaborative groups, such as SquatSpace Artist Collective, NUCA: The Network of Un-Collectable Artists, and The Rizzeria printmaking collective. Some of the things she creates are; tiny handmade glow-in-the-dark zines to giant inflatables, in between videos, talking books, discussion projects, picnics, walking tours, building boats and brewing beer. Recent exhibitions include; the 5th Auckland Triennial, 15th Jakarta Biennale and Vertical Villages at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney (all 2013) and Temporality in Architecture, Food and Communities, Delfina Foundation, London; Temporary Spaces, Edible Places, Atlas Arts, Isle of Skye, Scotland and If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… Ratmakan Kampung, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (all 2014). She is currently an Australia Council for the Arts Creative Australia Fellow.

 

 
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 Exhibitions and Projects
2015
Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: Vancouver, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…
Alaska Projects, Sydney
If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood…Lismore Regional Gallery, NSW
2014
If There’s Something Strange In Your Neighbourhood… Ratmakan Kampung, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Temporality in Architecture, Food and Communities, Delfina Foundation, London
Temporary Spaces, Edible Places: Isle of Skye, Scotland
Mud Maps, Penrith Regional Gallery, Sydney
2013
Vertical Villages (collaboration with ruangrupa), 4A Centre for Contemporary Art, Sydney
15th Jakarta Biennale, Indonesia
5th Auckland Triennial: If you were to live here… Auckland, NZ
Keg de Souza presents Weird Science Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Designated Drivers, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX, USA
Junction Arts Festival, Launceston, Tasmania
Nuit Blanche Festival, Metz, France
2012
Gonflables et amuse-bouches, Darling Foundry, Montréal, Canada
Social Networking
, GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art), Brisbane
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
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
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
Perambulators; Artist map: Commission for Performance Space, Sydney
Ramble Through The Rocks, Offsite: Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
The Right To The City (SquatSpace), Tin Sheds Gallery, 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               
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 
Redfern-Waterloo Tour of Beauty
(SquatSpace); Multiple tours since 2005, Various sites, Sydney
Last Drinks; FraserStudios, Sydney                 
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 & Northbridge Festivals; Various Venues, Perth
Cities Without Maps – Kota Tanpa Peta (You Are Here); Ratmakan Kampung, Kali Code and Mes56, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
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 (You Are Here), 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
2015
Burrard Marina Field House Residency, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
2014  
Asialink Residency, KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Burrard Marina Field House Residency, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
The Public Domain
Residency, Delfina Foundation, London
ATLAS Arts Residency, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Visual Arts Travel Fund, Australia Council for the Arts
Australian Artist’s Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts
Australia-Indonesia Institute Grant, DFAT
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, 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, Australia Council for the Arts
2008          
Asialink Residency (You Are Here); Indonesian Visual Art Archive, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Performance Space Residency, 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                 
Skills and Arts Development Grant, Australia Council for the Arts
Marketing Grant, National Association for the Visual Arts

 
 

Reviews, Articles and Interviews
Groom, A. Interview with Keg de Souza, Das Platforms, 19 June 2014
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

 
 

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