2020 Judging panel
The MGA Foundation is thrilled to announce that MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea will be joined on the judging panel by previous MGA Director and prize judge, Shaune Lakin, NGA Senior Curator of Photography and acclaimed artist Fiona Hall.
Fiona Hall is one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary artists. Hall is best known for extraordinary works that transform quotidian materials into vital organic forms with both historical and contemporary resonances. Hall works across a broad range of mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, moving image and installation, often employing forms of museological display. Hall’s sculptures are characterized by their intricate construction and thematic resonance with issues of environmentalism, globalization, war and conflict.
Shaune Lakin has been the National Gallery of Australia’s (NGA) Senior Curator of Photography since 2014. Previous positions include Gallery Director, Monash Gallery of Art (MGA), Senior Curator of Photography at the Australian War Memorial, where he wrote the first major history of Australian conflict photography, and Curator of International Art at NGA. He has been a lecturer in art history and theory at the University of Melbourne, where he completed his PhD in the history of photography. Lakin’s work is increasingly collaborative and has often focused on the histories of Australian feminist photography, including the MGA exhibitions Photography meets feminism: Australian women photographers 1970s‒80s (2014) and Sue Ford: time machine (2011). He has curated many projects with his colleague Anne O’Hehir, including The body electric (2020), California cool: art in Los Angeles 1960s‒1970s (2018) and Colour my world: hand-coloured photography in Australia (2015). Other recent projects include the touring exhibitions Resolution: new Indigenous photomedia (with Franchesca Cubillo, Kelli Cole and Anne O’Hehir; 2017‒18) and Max & Olive: the photographic life of Olive Cotton and Max Dupain (2016‒17). He is part of a team including Franchesca Cubillo, Kelli Cole, Rebecca Edwards, Emma Kindred and Sarina Noordhuis-Fairfax which continues to develop the NGA’s major recasting of the history of art in this place, Belonging: stories of Australian art (2019‒ ).
Anouska Phizacklea (BA (hons), MA, MCom, CPA, GAICD) is Director of Monash Gallery of Art (MGA). Phizacklea has expertise across the visual, decorative and literary arts as well finance and organisational development, with Masters Degrees in both Fine Arts and Commerce. She has held senior management positions at leading Victorian public institutions, Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), and worked for many years in art research and valuations in galleries and auction houses in Melbourne and London. Since her appointment at MGA Phizacklea has curated group and single artist exhibitions with leading Australian practitioners including Allusion & Illusion: the fantastical world of Valerie Sparks (2018) and Robyn Stacey: as still as life (2018) with an exploration of still-life photographs drawn from MGA’s collection, placing the genre and Robyn Stacey’s work into context. More recently she worked closely with the Tucker Foundation to realise the exhibition The Tucker portraits (2020) that delved into Albert Tucker’s use of photography in his art making and Portrait of Monash: the ties that bind (2020) featuring major commissions from Lee Grant, Peta Clancy, Ponch Hawkes and David Rosetzky.