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Rachel Schenberg is an artist and writer, currently living in Naarm/Melbourne.



TERTIARY EDUCATION

2016-19  Master of Fine Arts, Monash University, Melbourne
2018       Visiting Graduate Student, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam NL
2012-15  Bachelor of Fine Arts Hons. (First Class), Monash University, Melbourne
2013        Fine Art Study Abroad Program, Prato IT



FURTHER EDUCATION

2021        Tai Shani: From One Lost Coordinate on the Temporal Plane to Another, writing course, 5 sessions via Zoom, CAMP, FR
2020        Astrid Lorange: Otherwise Possibilities, Critical Art Writing workshop, 3 sessions via Zoom, Free Association, Melbourne
2018        Jen Bervin: Tactile Notation, 1-day writing workshop, organised by Fayen d’Evie, through Monash University, Melbourne
2017        Sabrina Soyer: How To Become a Lesbian, New Narrative writing + translation workshop, The Cheapest University, Paris FR
2017        Karen Barad + Boris Groys, 3-day seminars, European Graduate School, Saas-Fee CH
2017        Michael Beutler: What work says about the tools, sculpture workshop, Sommerakademie, Salzburg AT
2017        Peter Bauhuis, jewellery workshop, Akademie für Gestaltung und Design, Munich DE



SELECTED SOLO + DUO PROJECTS

2022        [forthcoming] À L’aluette, with Simon Berard, KNULP, Sydney
2019        May-old hold, Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne
2019        hold said, HAYDENS, Brunswick, Melbourne
2018        Avulsion Afloat: your caregiver will do what is best for you, collaborative performance with Johanna Winters, Vermont Studio Center USA
2016        To maybe stir the edge of a hole's hind leg, c3 Contemporary, Melbourne
2015        Between (and not in-between), Bus Projects, Melbourne
2014        Recognition, Pending..., Rubicon ARI, Melbourne



SELECTED GROUP PROJECTS

2022        [forthcoming] Holding in the hand, curated by James Lynch, Deakin University Art Gallery, Melbourne
2021        [forthcoming] Pavlova for my soul, curated by Emma Nixon, MADA Gallery, Melbourne 
2021        Cooking with John, curated by Amalia Lindo + Jacqueline Stojanović, HAYDENS, Melbourne
2020        Niche Fetishe #002, hosted by Francis Carmody and HeeJoon Youn, Niche Fetische, Melbourne
2020        a map with feet for letters, HDR Graduate Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne
2019        A Word Project #1: curated by John Nixon, Reading Room, Melbourne
2019        Video Snack, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond USA
2019        Terms and Conditions, curated by Adam Cruickshank, in BOOKWORKS, MUMA, Melbourne
2018        XMAS Show, HAYDENS, Melbourne
2018        Scratch Night, organised by Bobby Sayers, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam NL
2017        What the work tells about the tools, Sommerakademie, Salzburg AT
2017        Entangling Matter and Meaning: 'interferences' for workshop, curated by Jussi Koitela, Treignac Projet FR
2016        Ocean/Océano, curated by Greg Whitear, HILO Gallery, Buenos Aires AR
2016        Space Material, curated by David Thomas, MUMA, Melbourne
2016        Hi Vis, co-curated by Grace Herbert and Theia Connell, Visual Bulk, Hobart
2016        Melbourne Central Art Loop: inaugural exhibition, curated by Mars Gallery, Melbourne Central
2015        MADA Now: Graduand exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne
2015        Feeling without touching, curated by Jacqueline Stojanovic, Bouverie Studios and Artmeet ARI, Melbourne
2015        Objectifying Elsewhere, curated by Luke Letorneau, Seventh Gallery, Melbourne
2015        HATCHED: National Graduate Show, Perth Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Perth
2015        Lovers in the Parking Lot, curated by Hana Earles, Artmeet ARI, Melbourne
2014        Superfictions 1:The ArtFair Murders | Peter Hill (Superfictions), Kings ARI, Melbourne



CURATORIAL PROJECTS 

2018       Take Note SOFT Hands SOFT hands, KIOSK @ Galerie Lecq, Rotterdam NL
2015       An Afterthought, Goodtime Studios and Artmeet ARI, Melbourne
2015       Who Drew That Star on the Blackboard (with Jacqueline Stojanovic), Rubicon ARI and Artmeet ARI, Melbourne



WRITING + PUBLICATIONS

2021        [forthcoming] ‘All hands on deck’, poem in Textes Florebo (ed. Clémence Pierre), Editions Fournais, Paris FR
2021        [forthcoming] Review of Gareth Morgan's and Harry Reid's poetry chapbooks, Cordite Poetry Review, Melbourne
2021        ‘Certainly (certainly),’ with Jordi Infeld, poem in GEL Mag: Dreams, Issue 3, Sydney 
2021        ‘Missing box, loose shoe.’ essay in un Magazine 15.1 (ed. Snack Syndicate), Melbourne
2021        ‘like two pears,’ essay in Otherwise Possibilities (ed. Astrid Lorange), Free Association, Melbourne
2019        ‘cc: mug (on the work of Ian Milliss)’, Terms & Conditions Compendium, True Belief, Melbourne
2019        Quail eggs eaten from the hand in fog make everything aphrodisiac, True Belief, Melbourne
2019        ‘5484 orange world’ in HEADS, Issue 9, UDLI Editions, North Carolina USA 
2019        ‘mouth mouth’, exhibition text for BIKINI space, Basel CH
2018        ‘sentimental soX’, How to become a soft corpse recomposed in light fabric, Issue 2, DQ Press, Paris FR
2018        ‘sentimental soX’, Take Note SOFT Hands SOFT hands, KIOSK, Rotterdam NL 
2018        ‘Pigeon Guano (((;)>’ in Ida Lennartson’s Pigeon Guano post-card publication, Berlin DE 
2018        Orange that dots the i, Pears Books, Melbourne
2017        ‘To the skin on boiled milk’, How to Become a Body Double, Issue 1, DQ Press, Paris FR



AWARDS, GRANTS + RESIDENCIES

2016-19 Scholarship + Stipend: Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP), Monash University
2018        Grant: Cultuur Concreet Cultural Grant, Rotterdam NL
2018        Grant: Post-graduate Travel Grant, Monash University
2018        Residency + Grant: Vermont Studio Centre + Merit Grant USA
2017        Residency: Entangling Matter and Meaning on Karen Barad, Treignac Project FR
2017        Grant: Salzburg Sommerakademie AT
2016        Residency: Visual Bulk, Hobart
2016        Finalist: Darebin Art Prize AU
2015        Finalist: Dr Harold Schenberg Art Prize AU
2015        Award: Bachelor of Fine Art Honours Award, Monash University AU
2015        Grant: Foundation of Youth Excellence, Glen Eira City Council AU
2014        Award: Les Kossats Memorial Sculpture Award AU
2010        Scholarship + Award: Photography Award, Australian Academy of Design



OTHER RELATED ACTIVITY 

2013-21   Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Melbourne, current museum administrator
2018        De Player, Rotterdam NL, production, publishing + distribution 
2014-16  Artmeet ARI, Melbourne, co-initiator + co-curator
2016        TEOR/éTica Art Institution, San José CR, installation + public programs assistant
2015-16   MONA FOMA + Dark MOFO, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, front of house
2014         Runt Link Gallery, Monash University, Melbourne AU, board member
2013-14   Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, gallery assistant
2013         Peer Assisted Study Sessions for Art Theory, Monash University, Melbourne, student mentor  



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Rachel Schenberg's practice engages in diverse outputs, with a focus on projects that are specific to the context in which they evolve. Within her artistic research and work she tries to move towards understanding how meaning is made through layers of association, by creating systems which measure and map small transactions within the day-to-day and articulate a way of thinking that is relational. She has an interest in associative logic, and the overall principles of equivalence: how objects, ideas and places can be equated to another.

Most recently she has been looking at portable works made for the scale of the hand, investigating how this location, which we carry with us, can be a site for making meaning.


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